Magna Carta

by Dragonstone period 9

In 1215, king John of England was forced to sign the Magna Carta stating that the king was not above the law of the land and protecting the rights of the people.  The definition of Magna Carta is that the king should obey the same rules as everyone else.

Signing the Magna Carta

King John met the barons on June,1 1215 at Runnymede, at a non-battling site just west of London. They demanded that king John to sign the Magna Carta, this document would state that the duty of the king of England would obey the same laws as everybody else. In return the barons would agree to stand down and surrender.     

Civil War

Neither sides of the war had any intention of the agreement of the Magna Carta.  Shortly after the signing of the Magna Carta king John attemted to nullify the agreement of the Magna Carta.  King John even asked the pope to declare a document called the "illegal and unjust."  At the same time, the barons did not agree to surrender.       

Details about Magna Carta

The Magna Carta was a very long document.  The Magna Carta was 63 clauses long and stating what the barons wanted the king to obey.  Some of the rigts were:

~ Protection of the church rights

~ Access to swift justice

~ No new taxes without the barons' agreement

~ protection from illegal imprisonment   

The Barons Rebel

By 1215, the baron of northern England had enough of king John's very high taxes they decided to put an end to it. The barons rebel was led by Robert Fitzwalter.     

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