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Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction

Nicholas Vincent

June 2012

ISBN: 9780199582877

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Magna Carta has long been considered the foundation stone of the British Constitution, yet few people today understand either its contents or its context. With a full English translation of the 1215 charter, Nicholas Vincent introduces the document to a modern audience; explaining its origins and tracing the significance of its role in our history.

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Magna Carta has long been considered the foundation stone of the British Constitution, yet few people today understand either its contents or its context. With a full English translation of the 1215 charter, Nicholas Vincent introduces the document to a modern audience; explaining its origins and tracing the significance of its role in our history.

  • A brief introduction to the context and history of one of the most significant constitutional texts in world history
  • Looks at how and why Magna Carta is still hugely significant today
  • Discusses Magna Carta in relation to issues of law and politics, and also to human rights
  • Includes a full English translation of the 1215 Magna Carta
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia

Nicholas Vincent recevied his first training in medeival history at Oxford, and has since held posts at Cambridge, Canterbury and Norwich. He divides his time between work in England and family in France.

Table of Contents

    1:What happened in 1215?
    2:The tyranny of King John
    3:Magna Carta, parliament and the origins of the constitution: the document's first century
    4:The Document as monument
    5:Does Magna Carta still matter?

Reviews

"Vincent writes smoothly , accessibly, and knowledgeably. He knows that he is essentially retreading old ground for most of the time; but he does it engagingly, and with panache." - Lincolnshire Past and Present, Professor R. N. Swanson

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