Harley, Hugh: Magna Carta turns 800

Harley, Hugh

Magna Carta turns 800: eight centuries of freedom is a big deal‘, The Spectator, 12 July 2014

A timely reminder that 1215 is also the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

We all know that next year’s centenary of Gallipoli is a big deal. But were you aware of another important milestone in 2015: the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, on 15 June? The peace treaty, which King John negotiated with his warring barons, may fail to evoke Anzac’s popular spirit, but its nation-forging impact is no less significant.

The article notes the importance of the rule of law as well as the great advances in English development around the time of the Magna Carta.

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