Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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The Magna Carta is arguably the greatest constitutional document in recorded history, yet few people today understand either its contents or its context. This Very Short Introduction, which includes a full English translation of the 1215 Magna Carta, introduces the document to a modern audience, explaining its origins in the troubled reign of King John, and tracing the significant role that it played thereafter as a symbol of the subject's right to protection against the absolute authority of the sovereign. Drawing upon the great advances that have been made in our understanding of thirteenth-century English history, Nicholas Vincent demonstrates why the Magna Carta remains hugely significant today.

About the Author

Nicholas Vincent is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780199582877
ISBN-10: 0199582874
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: September 7th, 2012
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions