Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the Charter (E–book)


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Carta about 10 years in Salisbury Cathedral Housed in a special room and enclosed in Magna about 10 years ago in Salisbury Cathedral Housed in a special room and enclosed in large Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide glass 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 been uestioned especially in relation to recent behaviours of many politicians regarding the Brexit Referendum and some judgements of our Supreme 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 parchment The 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 theranting 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 life However 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 coercion In less than half a century and within the lifetime of a single king Magna Carta had metamorphosed from a revolutionary and incendiary tract into a 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 foreseen The 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 Citrus: A History great 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 Young son Henry who eventually defeated Louis via the st 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 to 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 savingrace is that it does include different versions of the Magna Carta for comparison in the Appendix 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 aware that that was just the start of a fascinating process with many twists and turns including a civil wa. A soaring account of the months that transformed a messy feudal suabble into Magna Cartahis crisp storytelling based around short chapters and rolling rhetoric is extremely entertaining Dan Jones Mail on Sunday I thoroughly enjoyed this book Good history is descriptive narrative and analytical This is Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 good history Gerard DeGroot The TimesAt Runnymede on the banks of the River Thames on June the seal of King John was attached to the Magna Carta and peace descended upon the land Or that s what successiveenerations have believed Bu. ,

Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the CharterY broken promises and betrayal of loyal supportersSuch actions alienated the English nobles who FINALLY decided to act to protect loyal supportersSuch actions alienated the English nobles who FINALLY decided to act to protect interests and their rights As Starkey noted the English nobility and Bishop Langton were not idealists but practical men whose heads were not in the clouds but their feet were firmly planted on the round In other words the English nobility were aware of what they wanted and knew how to et it John did not understand his opposition and how practical and determined they wereWhen John agreed to the terms of Magna Carta the romantic historians ot their history wrong Artists depicted John signing the Magna Carta but John was illiterate Also English documents were sealed and not signed The myth that John signed the entire Magna Carta document was exploded John only sealed the outlines of Magna Carta The entire Magna Carta is about 4000 words long and scribes need time TO COMPLETE THE DOCUMENT WHICH TOOK CONSIDERABLE TIME GIVEN complete the document which took considerable time iven fact that Magna Carta was written well before the invention of the printing press Starkey mentioned that the English nobility formed an alliance with Henry III 1216 1272 who made a radical movement and a weak monarch a conservative tendency Edward I agreed with the terms of Magna Carta which both enshrined the document and Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) gave Edward credibilityWhen King John died in the midst political turmoil his short will showed a congenial side to the nefarious monarch John apologized to the families of people whom he harmed apologized to those who survived John s persecutions and he left considerable sums to help the poor and needy This may fit that there is somethingood in the worst of us or John s conscience bothered himAfter John s death English monarchs and nobility both pledged to uphold Magna Carta While the English turned a radical document into a conservative political establishment but the English were smart enough to make a conservative political arrangement into a practical political system that worked for centuries Starkey made a depressing assessment re the Magna Carta and history As Starkey noted British and American citizens do not know or care about Magna Carta the US Constitution and the Bill of RightsOne minor weakness of Starkey s book is that he could have mentioned the influence of the Catholic Church s Canon Law The Catholic Canon Law jurists introduced par legum due process into legal practice Starkey should have mentioned that the Catholic Church s Fourth Lateran Council introduced trial by jury which was not part of English Constitutional History until the reign of Edward I 1272 1307 which obviously was later than the Fourth Lateran CouncilStarkey concluded the book with interesting photo plates and careful outlines of the paragraphs of Magna Carta The outlines are easy to following and some have a familiar ring re the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights One could argue that the US Constitution and Bill of Rights have the British Constitution written all over it Starkey clearly made this connection Those interested in English History will like this book which is well written and well organizedJames E EgolfOctober 20 2015 Author David Starky s Magna Carta focuses on the contentious nature of the parties involved in the document s birth the conniving dishonesty and ebbing power of King John the spiritual and earthly power of the church and its papacy and the aggravation of the 25 Barons who s property had been ravaged for the sake of King John s dream of reacuired power reinvigorated wealth and renewed respectWhat may seem missing to some readers is insight into the political and legal potential of the document itself Starky devotes little space to the explanation of the document beyond the enerality of its purpose and observations of the size and shape of the four remaining engrossments There are allusions to Magna Carta s influence on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United Stares but even these are vaguely hinted and not pursued Magna Carta s influence is said to be significant in British law and custom and certainly NOT doubted but pages or even paragraphs of example are not offeredThe book is certainly an easy read broken into brief and well focused chapters The book is 288 pages though page numbers are skimped in the kindle version about half of the content is devoted to the story the remaining to notes index afterward etc If you are looking for a uick primmer on the topic this book will suffice but the result will be a focus on the document s development not its influence I have several histories written by David Starkey in my collection and I ll be hungry for anything else that he chooses to write A nice addition to any history collection. Ignificance that produced not one but four charters Peopled by colourful historical figures John the boy king Henry Pope Innocent III Archbishop Stephen Langton William Marshal Starkey tells a story of treachery and idealism politics and peace making that is surprising and enthrallingInformative entertaining and controversial Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charterchallenges centuries of myth making to demonstrate how important it is we understand the true significance of that day beside the Thames over eight hundred years

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R that reached a conclusion 10 years later after John s death I Am Currently Studying am currently studying period of history and found later after John s death I am currently studying this period of history and found 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 Starkey hits another homer The Magna Carta or Great Charter is a complex document First issued in 1215 after yet another English civil war the aim of the document was to force King John to abide by a set of rules and not interfere to much with the English barons It came very close to establishing England as a republic some five or six hundred years to establishing England as a republic some five or six hundred years republics became popular The rest of the history of the Magna Carta is complicated as it was re issued in 1216 1217 and 1225 at leastDavid Starkey writes a magnificent history of the charter and fills in the details of the power politics surrounding itHis writing is clear and he adds colour and life to this period in English history He also makes clear that the Magna Carta did not establish habeus corpus that was the established as part of the Assize of Clarendon in 1166 I really enjoyed this book as it helped me understand the charter itself in detail and to understand the reasons for it s inception and modifications over a ten year period This is one of the most informative interesting and well written history books I ve read in a whileJust one note on the kindle version the latter part of the book shows different versions of the charter side by side This doesn t work on the Kindle and so this is one occassion where I d say buy the book Still it s a reat book though In honor of the 800th anniversary of the First Magna Carta Starkey wrote this book focusing on the 10 years after the 1215 sealing of the first document As an American I agree with Starkey that the Magna Carta is very much a part of our story but I had no idea how little I really knew about it Basic story king is being nasty barons revolt and Common People: The History of An English Family get some assurances of basic rights and fairness in law But no there is so much like two documents an extra king and some serious papal involvement Very interesting history and an engaging writing style All the years on television have certainly removed the dryness from his historical presentation 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 early morning twiceThe author s judgements and opinions were carefully and reasonably measuredI learned and kept on learning Having hated History at school and having dropped it as soon as I could reading books such as this makes me wonder how my schoolteachers made it so boring I suspect it s me who has changed An 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 Someenuinely 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 excellent account provides as full a history of events as possible It certainly tells in reat 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 David Starkey book titled MAGNA CARTA THE MEDIEVAL ROOTS OF MODERN POLITICS is a well written account Medieval English political and legal history Starkey clarified the complex issues and identified the players who were involved during the reign of King John 1199 1216 who was eventually forced to put his seal on Magna CartaThe early sections of the book dealt with John s loss of Henry II s 1154 1189 Angevin Empire at the Battle of Bovines in 1214 This basically ended English hopes for any control in France until the Hundred Years War 1346 1453 So as Starkey so clearly showed King John focused on solidifying his control over the English nobility as well as the Welsh and the Irish John had 28 Welsh hanged for alleged treason and tried to intimidate other English nobility via treacher. T is it true And have we been persuaded or persuaded ourselves that the events of June not only ended a civil war between the king and the barons but as if by magic established a British constitution beloved and copied throughout the world Often viewed as a victory for the people over the monarchy and a cornerstone of democracy the true significance of Magna Carta is misunderstood and misrepresented In Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter David Starkey paints a vivid portrait of the years ten revolutionary years of huge


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