Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the Charter (E–book)
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about 10 years ago in Salisbury Cathedral Housed in a special 10 years ago in Salisbury Cathedral Housed in a special and enclosed in a large lass case its size and look bears no resemblance to the power and influence this document has had on world history over 800 years I also visited the British Museum in 2015 for a special Magna Carta exhibition celebrating the 800th year of its creation As far as I know there are 4 surviving copies in England at Salisbury Lincoln Durham and the British MuseumIn very recent times the validity of the United Kingdom relying on this ancient document as a substitute for a modern written constitution has substitute for a modern written constitution has uestioned especially in relation to recent behaviours of many politicians regarding the Brexit Referendum
And Some Judgements Of Oursome judgements of our Court It has set me thinking where I personally stand on this and whether the nature of our society is such that we are at risk of further political and legal machinations where the rule of precedent can be manipulated at will It is this that enticed me to read David Starkey s Magna Carta The True Story Behind The CharterThe book ends its final chapter with these words about the Constitution of the United States of America showing the influence of this scrap of parchmentThe text of Magna Carta is incorporated in extenso into the constitutions of seventeen of the fifty US States a copy of the Charter is displayed alongside the Declaration of Independence the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the Great Hall of the Archives in Washington and another in the basement of the Rotunda of the Capital while the ranting of the Charter is represented in relief on the bronze doors of the Supreme Court whose Justices have cited the Charter itself over four hundred times in their judgments In short the Charter lives in America Or at least it has acuired a new lease of lifeHowever David Starkey in his book shows that across a 10 year period from 1215 to 1225 there was than one version of Magna Carta that was begun by King John at Runnymede and finalised by his son King Henry III As far as I can work out this was the third version the first in 1215 being revolutionary and coercive the second in 1216 being centrist to use the word of the author and the version of 1225 adding new clauses and removing old ones that showed a high degree of coercionIn less than half a century and within the lifetime of a single king Magna Carta had metamorphosed from a revolutionary and incendiary tract into. Mag. ,
Ining the adjustments additions and omissions I found this extremely handy This is one of the best books I have read in years A real page Turner I was unable to put it down Even at
Bedtime I Read On Into The EarlyI read on into the early twiceThe author s judgements and opinions were carefully and reasonably measuredI learned and kept on learning Some enuinely fascinating history behind this most famous of documents I must confess that I was unaware that the Magna Carta sealed at Runnymede was never the one implemented or of the contention that it caused the interventions of Rome and France and the near civil war that ensuedVery nicely written and easy to read if you ve ever heard David Starkey deliver a talk he writes almost exactly as he talks I really enjoyed this and came away feeling that I d actually learned somethingOnly minor complaint might be that it s uite a short book for the price a substantial proportion of the text is actually an appendix containing the charters but other than that I would definitely recommend This is a book about the Magna Carta document and not much else Which makes it uite a short bookSure there s context provided on how it came about namely a uick tour of the reign of King John But it s an exceedingly brief history and it s somewhat frustrating that Starkey tends reign of King John But it s an exceedingly brief history and it s somewhat frustrating that Starkey tends uote from just two primary historical sources one of which he dismisses as unreliable and the second the reader should dismiss as unreliableStill as a short tour of mediaeval history it is interesting but it stands out as much for its limited perspective as much as anything else and doesn t really seem to work well as either a populist book or an academic textThe one saving race is that it does include different versions of the Magna Carta for comparis This excellent account provides as full a history of events as possible It certainly tells in Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans great depth what is often mearly skated over at school as a tussle between Bad King John s and recalcitrant Barons Any ideas of a romantic setting on Runnymeade have been blown away too Thank you David Starkey Appallingly written drivel At least that is the impression after 10 pages which was as many as could bear of this school boy level rubbish Who would believe that an editor allowed a phrase such as Phillip was also better at being bad than John Having stated he would confine himself to a decade of history in someroundbreaking approach he proceeds to Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet give a tedious andrammatically weak background with no apparent purpos. Car.
By David Starkey ✓ 2 ReadA solemn text sanctified and honoured and paraded in the theatre of royal and ecclesiastical ceremony It was not an outcome that anyone in 1215 could have foreseenThe book describes well the various stages of the development of the Magna Carta and the main characters involved principally the two kings John then Henry but also Stephen Langton and William Marshall the chief advisors to each king respectively One a scheming cleric the other a highly principled and chivalrous knightWhat I was not aware of was that during the final years of King Johns life he had to fight a civil war in England The 25 Barons who held a reat deal of power after Runnymede in 1215 decided to depose King John and offered the crown to Prince Louis the eldest son of Philip Augustus of France Eventually Louis raised an army and invaded England It was during this protracted war that King John died not in battle but of dysentery in the east of England in October 2016 It was John s The author brings to life a vital moment in English history by showing it is so much than a momentLike anyone born in a England I was aware that King John s excesses were brought to an end in 1215 at a place called Runnymede by the Barons with a document called a Magna CartaBut that was the limit of my knowledgeThanks to this Book I Am Now I am now that that was just the start of a fascinating process with many twists and turns including a civil war that reached a conclusion 10 years later after John s death I am currently studying this period of history and found this book very interesting and helpful David Starkey explains things very well and combined an in depth knowledge of the subject with the ability to make it interesting and very readable Having hated History at school and having dropped it as soon as I could reading books such as this me wonder how my schoolteachers
Made It So Boringit so boring suspect it s me who has changedAn excellent introduction to the complexity surrounding the Charter and its history which is far complex and nuanced than we are commonly led to believe Well written and worth taking the time to read I love the style Starkey s works always read like a triple A TV documentary script but with all the substance you d expect from the doyen of English constitutional historians Very much a page turnerThe appendix includes three versions of Magna Carta issued in 1215 1216 and 1225 respectively with corresponding sections placed adjacent to one another for easy comparison and notes expla. Na.