The Magna Carta

Origin: England 1215

Written by: The English nobles

Written to: King John

Why: The king angered the Catholic church and the pope when he raised taxes. He was captured and forced to sign the document.

"KNOW THAT BEFORE GOD,

for the health of our soul and those of our ancestors and heirs, to the honor of God, the exaltation of the holy Church, and the better ordering of our kingdom, at the advice of our reverend fathers, bishops, nobles, and other loyal subjects:"



The government does not have total control.



Punishment must be fair.



The government takes care of their people.



Cannot steal.



Innocent until proven guilty.



Equality for all.



Majority vote.



No tax without consent.

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