For this richly illustrated volume Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, is joined by a range of leading experts on Magna Carta from across the world to reflect on the circumstances of its genesis and its enduring importance through subsequent centuries.
Magna Carta was serially reinterpreted by later generations in contexts that were often far removed from the specific grievances of King John’s barons. It became a totem in fierce political debates on the liberties of the people in the face of the tyranny of the king.
As such, it became a sacred text for English Puritans of the Civil War, for the American patriots of the War of Independence, and for all those in the English-speaking world who have striven to build democratic rights and freedoms in the post-colonial age.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 03 / 2015
- 240 x 280mm