1215: The Year of Magna Carta

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Hodder & Stoughton, Dec 22, 2011 - History - 336 pages
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On 15 June 1215, rebel barons forced King John to meet them at Runnymede. They did not trust the King, so he was not allowed to leave until his seal was attached to the charter in front of him.

This was Magna Carta. It was a revolutionary document. Never before had royal authority been so fundamentally challenged. Nearly 800 years later, two of the charter's sixty-three clauses are still a ringing expression of freedom for mankind: 'To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice'. And: 'No free man shall be taken or imprisoned or in any way ruined, except by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land'.

1215 - The Year of Magna Carta explores what it was like to be alive in that momentous year. Political power struggles are interwoven with other issues - fashion, food, education, medicine, religion, sex. In many areas it was a time of innovation and change. Windmills were erected, spectacles were invented. Dozens of new towns were founded. Oxford became the first university in England, and the great cathedrals of Salisbury and Lincoln were built.

Whether describing matters of state or domestic life, this is a treasure house of a book, rich in detail and full of enthralling insights into the medieval world.

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

This is a well-done overview of the cultural, political, and economical landscape of England during the years surrounding the creation and implementation of the Magna Carta. While not in-depth, this ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

This is a very readable, engaging book about what life in England was like, and how that led to the negotiation of the Magna Carta. Well researched and well presented, this is a popular history that ... Read full review

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Danny Danziger has written 11 books on a range of diverse subjects. His last title for Little, Brown -THE YEAR 1000 - went to number one and stayed on the bestseller list for seven months. Danny has a weekly interview column in the Sunday Times, Best of Times, Worst of Times, which over 12 years has won many accolades and awards.

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