Magna Carta is one of the most celebrated documents in English history and one of the most popular exhibits at The British Library. But despite this fame, the reinterpretations made of it since 1215 have tended to obscure its real meaning for King John and his baronial opponents. Magna Carta was not intended to be a lasting declaration of legal principle, still less an embryonic code of human rights. It was a practical solution to a political crisis and it served the interests of the highest ranks of feudal society by reasserting the power of custom to limit arbitrary behaviour by the king. This book explores the context in which Magna Carta was issued to discover what it really meant to its creators and how it came to be an iconic historical document.
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Claire Breay is lead curator of medieval and earlier manuscripts at the British Library. Her previous publications include The Cartulary of Chatteris Abbey and the revised edition of Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland, with J. Harrison and D. M. Smith.
"The curators, Claire Breay and her team at the Library, are to be congratulated on organizing an exhibition which both captures the power of the Charter over the centuries and draws attention to its capacity to inspire myth." (Nigel Saul Times Literary Supplement)
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Descrizione libro The British Library, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110712347437
Descrizione libro British Library, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0712347437
Descrizione libro The British Library. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0712347437 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0359369