Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter

by David Starkey

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To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey explores its influence on Britain today. Taking us from the origins of the “Great Charter”, David Starkey explains its articles and how they have influenced life and law ever since. An important view of Magna Carta that shows just how relevant it remains, with governments eager to bring in new laws for “protection” against terrorism, the basic tenets of freedom and rights are under threat again. By doing so, David Starkey invites readers to see this historical text in a fresh new context. ~ Sue Baker



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Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter Synopsis

'A soaring account of the months that transformed a messy feudal squabble into Magna Carta...his crisp storytelling, based around short chapters and rolling rhetoric, is extremely entertaining.' Dan Jones, Mail on Sunday 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good history is descriptive, narrative and analytical. This is good history.' Gerard DeGroot, The Times At Runnymede, on the banks of the River Thames, on 15 June 1215, the seal of King John was attached to the Magna Carta, and peace descended upon the land. Or that's what successive generations have believed. But is it true? And have we been persuaded (or persuaded ourselves) that the events of 15 June 1215 not only ended a civil war between the king and the barons but - as if by magic - established a British constitution beloved and copied throughout the world? Informative, entertaining and controversial, Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the Charter challenges centuries of myth-making to demonstrate how important it is we understand the true significance of that day beside the Thames, eight hundred years ago.

Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter Press Reviews

'This is a soaring account of the months that transformed a messy feudal squabble into Magna Carta, a document of transcendent historical importance in the English-speaking world. It is a reminder that, when Starkey flexes his historical muscles, he is a mighty impressive scholar. And his crisp storytelling, based around short chapters and rolling rhetoric, is extremely entertaining.' -- Dan Jones Mail on Sunday

'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good history is descriptive, narrative and analytical. This is good history. Starkey tells a story. It is not new, but it's well told.' -- Gerard DeGroo The Times

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ISBN: 9781473610071
Publication date: 24/03/2016
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781473610057
Publication date: 23/04/2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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ISBN: 9781473610071
Publication date: 24th March 2016
Author: David Starkey
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History, The Real World,
Categories: Constitutional & administrative law, Legal history,

About David Starkey

David Starkey is Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of many books including 'Elizabeth'; 'Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII' and 'Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors'. He is a winner of the WH Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain's Historical Association. He is a well-known TV and radio personality. He was made a CBE in 2007. He lives in London.

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