MAGNA CARTA IN 20 PLACES


MAGNA CARTA IN 20 PLACES

DEREK J. TAYLOR    Book Number: 83917    Product format: Hardback

One of the single most important artefacts in British history, Magna Carta represents to an extent the 'birth of democracy'. Born out of a judicial quagmire in the 13th century, its existence gave rise to many a political myth and freedoms of democracy and trial by jury which this book helps to demystify. Taylor visits the places which played a role in the creation and upholding of a document which changed the landscape of modern democracy and more than a stalling tactic in the bloody conflict between monarch and barons. Centering upon the life of King John, both before and after his reign, Taylor's intelligent and sympathetic writing paints a picture of a flawed but overly maligned ruler. Among the recognisable sites such as The Royal Exchange in London, and Clarendon Palace (home of Henry II) chapters on the less obvious are equally compelling. He travels to palaces and villages of medieval England, castles and towns in France and the Middle East and today's USA. One chapter examines how the internet has perpetuated the myths and untruths about this period in history, another in which Taylor describes with endearing style his trip to Laxton in Nottinghamshire, which by some fluke still maintains the medieval land-splits giving an excellent vantage point of how the common people made their way of life in agriculture and the tyranny of landowners. Featuring brightly coloured depictions of the stories and legends around Magna Carta itself, the story of its origin, and the myth of the evil King John. Colour images, 258pp.
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