In 1215, the barons of England forced King John to sign a revolutionary document that would change the political landscape of Britain and beyond for the next 800 years. In its limitations of the powers of the crown, the Magna Carta is viewed as the forerunner to the American Constitution and its echoes can also be found in the struggles of most of the contemporary liberalIn 1215, the barons of England forced King John to sign a revolutionary document that would change the political landscape of Britain and beyond for the next 800 years. In its limitations of the powers of the crown, the Magna Carta is viewed as the forerunner to the American Constitution and its echoes can also be found in the struggles of most of the contemporary liberal nations....
|Title||:||A Brief History of the Magna Carta|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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A Brief History of the Magna Carta Reviews
Nicely written book which places Magna Carta in it's immediate context and traces forward to the Glorious Revolution and the foundations of the USA constitution. Concise, informative, and readable. The author sprinkles unhelpful anti-EU asides throughout. This diminishes a good book, as his reasons for doing this are opaque, at best.
It did not have as much information on the charter as I hoped for, but the title does say brief... I did think some of the chronology was a bit confusing until the chapter in part three which lays it out better. I did appreciate the discussion of the clauses related to widows and heirs. I also liked the discussion on the pr value of the charter. I would have enjoyed more detail on the actual negotiations. But what can you do...... I did find the book I read on kings John and richard to have a fair amount of info on the build up to the charter. All and all an okay read for someone who knows next to nothing about the charter.
A brief history of the Magna Carta was massively informative, easy to read and understand, but it was just so hard to motivate myself to read it.I rarely find myself in a situation where a book (especially one with a topic so relevant to my interests)leaves me so luke warm, and wondering whether my time coild be more enjoyed with otherthings.Also there is a section round about page to hundred where twice Hindley slips and interjects a first person, which I found very jarring.Is it entertaining? not really.Is it worth the read? If the topic is to your interests... More or less.
An absorbing read detailing the historical background, composition and influence of one of the most important documents in history. A very well researched book, written in an accessible and witty style it covers the baronial rebellion against the excesses of King John, the subsequent creation of Magna Carta, and how it has been used to defend people's rights over the subsequent centuries from abuses of power by those in charge.
It was a good covering of the period of Richards reign through John's and his problems with the barons. Covered a lot briefly, not how I prefer my history, hence rated 2 stars.
A tough read. Some very interesting stuff, but I still had to push my way through it.
It's been infused with the meanings that people have wanted it to have for centuries. I don't remember when I read it.