The Power Of The Magna Carta

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By 1215, due to years of heavy taxation and unsuccessful foreign policies, England’s King John was facing a possible revolt by the most powerful barons in the country. Under their pressure, King John agreed to sign a charter of liberties famously known as the Magna Carta (Hazell & Melton, 2015). The document, which was more of a peace treaty between the king and the barons, would place John and all of England’s future leaders under the rule of law. The Great Charter also guaranteed that the king would uphold freedom of the church and respect feudal rights and privileges. Although the Magna Carta was not initially successful, it was reissued with changes within ten years (1216, 1217 and 1225) and eventually provided the foundation for the common

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