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Magna Carta
04 Mar 2021 * PAPERBACK * £12.99 * 9781838933340

An account of the signing, impact and legacy of Magna Carta, a document that became one the most influential statements in the history of democracy.

Non Fiction / HBLC (Medieval History)
Extent: 192 pages  Format: 200 x 135 mm Illus: 50 integrated colour illus
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Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great CharterThe Landmark Library, 1by Dan Jones

A beautifully produced account of the signing, impact and legacy of Magna Carta, a document that became one of the most influential statements in the history of democracy, as part of the stunning landmark library series.

On a summer's day in 1215 a beleaguered English monarch met a group of disgruntled barons in a meadow by the river Thames named Runnymede. Beset by foreign crisis and domestic rebellion, King John was fast running out of options. On 15 June he reluctantly agreed to fix his regal seal to a document that would change the world.

A milestone in the development of constitutional politics and the rule of law, the 'Great Charter' established an Englishman's right to Habeas Corpus and set limits to the exercise of royal power. For the first time a group of subjects had forced an English king to agree to a document that limited his powers by law and protected their rights.

Dan Jones's elegant and authoritative narrative of the making and legacy of Magna Carta is amplified by profiles of the barons who secured it and a full text of the charter in both Latin and English.

Dan Jones is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer and historian, whose books have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He is the author of ten nonfiction books, including The Templars and The Plantagenets. He has written and presented more than 60 hours of TV documentaries. He has a deal with Sony Pictures International to produce a historical drama series based on Essex Dogs. Dan's award-winning journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world, and he was for ten years a columnist at the London Evening Standard. He lives near London with his family.

Best-selling author: Head of Zeus has sold 170,000 copies of Dan Jones' books.

Unique combination of page-turning narrative and scholarship: no author brings the Middle Ages to life as well as Dan Jones.

An exquisite, beautiful and historic gift.

MARKET: Tom Holland; Thomas Penn; Simon Sebag Montefiore.


'Dan Jones addresses what the Magna Carta meant at the time and what it should mean to us' Military History Monthly

'Jones deftly condenses a wealth of historical detail into the story of how it became hallowed as a founding document of the western traditions of liberty, democracy and rule of law' The Times

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