Magna Carta

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Cambridge University Press, May 7, 1992 - History - 553 pages
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This is a fully revised and extended edition of J. C. Holt's study of Magna Carta, the Great Charter, which sets the events of 1215 and the Charter itself in the context of the law, politics and administration of England and Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The author has added to the first edition (1965) further comment on the development of local liberties, the significance of the famous provision nullus liber homo, the political manoeuvres of 1215, and the later history of the Charter, and many other matters. The book is broadened by the addition of an extensive chapter on justice and jurisdiction which embodies an entirely new approach to some of the most crucial and longest-lasting provisions of the Charter. New appendices have been added. Some of these are concerned with the political crisis of 1213–15, for example the alleged meeting at Bury St Edmunds; others examine the Anglo-Norman translations of the Charter and related documents, or the development of perpetual liberties. References are brought up to date throughout, and there is an entirely new index.
 

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Not a book for an absolute beginner. It would help to have a slight knowledge of English history before delving in. That being said, it does give an interesting overview of Magna Carta with ... Read full review

Contents

The Charter and its history
1
Government and society in the twelfth century
23
Privilege and liberties
50
Custom and law
75
Justice and jurisdiction
123
Crisis and civil war
188
Quasi Pax
237
The quality of the Great Charter
267
Triplex forma pads
413
The unknown charter
418
The Articles of the Barons
429
Magna Carta 1215
441
Translations of the Charters
474
The TwentyFive barons of Magna Carta 1215
478
to The Oxford Council 1623 July 1215
484
Select documents illustrative of the history of Magna
490

The achievement of 1215
297
From distraint to war
347
The reissues and the beginning of the myth
378
The meeting at Bury St Edmunds 1214
406
Notif1cation of Thomas count of Perche February 1215
412
Magna Carta 1225
501
Charter of the Forest 1225
512
Liberties and perpetuity
518
Index
531
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