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A Brief History of Magna Carta The Origins of Liberty from Runnymede to Washington by Geoffrey Hindley
  

A Brief History of Magna Carta The Origins of Liberty from Runnymede to Washington

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The fascinating story behind the English Constitution, and why its influence remains significant today throughout the world. As civil Liberties and the rule of law are increasingly brought into question throughout the world, leading medieval historian Geoffrey Hindley breathes vivid life into the story behind the signing of Magna Carta, and reveals the undiminished significance of this ancient document in today's world.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Geoffrey Hindley’s Magna Carta looks at the events leading up to John’s confrontation with his barons at Runnymede and its consequences, including its importance to the Americans during the War of Independence.
~ Anthony Lafferty

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A Brief History of Magna Carta The Origins of Liberty from Runnymede to Washington by Geoffrey Hindley

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, the influence of which is still felt today around the world. In 1215 the barons of England forced King John to sign a revolutionary document which would change the political landscape not only of thirteenth-century Britain, but of the modern world. Magna Carta was the forerunner of the constitution that limited the powers of the crown and its echoes can be found in the seventeenth-century Civil Wars, the struggles for American Independence, the work of Thomas Paine and in the bedrock constitutional legislation of just about every democratic country today.

About the Author

Geoffrey Hindley, educated at Kingswood School, Bath and University College Oxford, is a lecturer and writer. He was three times an invited participant at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; was visiting associate professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville; and has lectured in Europe and America in European culture, Medieval social history and Magna Carta, and the history of music. From 1994 to 2000 he taught English Civilization at the University of Le Havre. He is also co-president of the Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science of Oxford and London. His many books include The Shaping of Europe, England in the Age of Caxton, The Book of Magna Carta, A Brief History of the Crusades and A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons.

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Publication date

26th February 2015

Author

Geoffrey Hindley

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Robinson an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

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Paperback
384 pages

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9781472118677

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