Prepare to hear a lot about the Magna Carta over the coming months. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of one of the most important documents in Western law and government. Without a doubt there will be many references to it in the media.
On June 15, 1215 King John of England signed a document that guaranteed certain fundamental rights to his English subjects as demanded by a group of powerful barons.
Specific rights that were born in the Magna Carta are
- trial by jury
- due process
- habeas corpus
- equality under the law
View an old discolored and tattered copy of the Magna Carta at National Geographic Eyewitness to History online.
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