The Magna Carta Term Paper by Peter Pen

An overview of the background and significance of the Magna Carta, developed in 1215 in medieval England.
# 145425 | 1,375 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010

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The paper explains how the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215 to avoid civil war and rebellion. The paper discusses how the document was equivalent to a written constitution, and later became the forefather of the constitutions of modern states all over the world.


From the Paper:

"The Magna Carta was the charter of English liberties granted by King John in 1215 under the threat of civil war, and was amended later in 1216, 1217 and 1225. The great charter was the outcome of a rebellion of the aristocracy against King John (1166-1216) of England, for having allegedly abused his authority. The charter is the closest equivalent to a written constitution that the British have, establishing individual liberties in the context of the state. It was also used as the basis for constitutions of modern states throughout the world. For example, the Great Charter forms the root of the American Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights (Thompson 194)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Thompson, Faith. Magna Carta: Its role in the making of the English Constitution 1300-1629. The United States of America: Read Books Publishers, 2007.
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