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Magna Carta: Text and Commentary Paperback – 28 Feb 1988

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Short summary of Magna Carta makes easy reading 22 Mar. 2004
By David I Caplan - Published on Amazon.com
The author, A.E.Dick Howard, a well-known scholar on Magna Carta has managed to pack in a few pages a highly readable synopsis of all provisions of the Great Charter that King John granted to the barons, sword in hand, in June 1215.
This Charter has great importance in its foreshadowing American constitutional provisions on such fundamental rights as freedom of our religious institutions from governmental interference, right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances, right of temporary insurrection to restore the Constitution in case of tyranny (chapter 61 of the Charter, Second Amendment to the US Constitution), due process of law, speedy trial by jury, fair trials, proportionate punishment (ban on cruel and unusual punishments).
Summarizing: this short work is an excellent, highly readable authoritative introduction to the Great Charter.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Placing Magna Carta in its proper place in legal history 15 Jun. 2014
By Patrick Barron - Published on Amazon.com
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This short book should be taught in all American high schools in order to explain to our citizens that our society rests on a solid foundation that took many, many centuries to form. Today we believe that we ourselves can make and control society for the betterment of all mankind. We are foolish to believe so. Society rests on law, especially common law not statue law. Common law is organic and reflects what ordinary people believe to be just. Magna Carta, the Great Charter, was a reaffirmation of the supremacy of common law and the constitutional rights of Englishmen that had existed for centuries before its first signing in 1215 at Runnymede. For many generations after its first signing, subsequent English kings were required to sign Magna Carta. Magna Carta was drafted by the English lords after King John waged an unsuccessful war in France that had been opposed by them. The lords drafted Magna Carta to place the king's government under law and to recognize that all Englishmen were included in the protections provided by centuries of constitutional law. The lords did not see Magna Carta as starting something new but as reaffirming constitutional rights that had existed for centuries and had been usurped by the king. This is a must read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, every student should read this... 16 Feb. 2010
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What a compact way to explain the Magna Charta in a concise way. I'm enjoying learning more and introducing it to my kids - we all need to be reading up on history. But, beware of the guise of the history these days! This was the real deal...well done.
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Magna Carta 25 Jun. 2014
By Lanamme - Published on Amazon.com
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A little book - straight forward and easy to read, with very important information in it. I used it for reference and am keeping it in my collection of historical law documents.
The Foundation of our Civic Life 22 July 2015
By Virginia Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides the foundation we need to understand our founding fathers frame of mind when they wrote the Constitution. There are books that I read every few years so I don't forget the details of a guideline I need for civic life. This is certainly one of them. Beside the history of the document , Prof Howard documents how the very specific complaints about the King John in the 13th century became essential to our colonial charters and present Constitution. Indeed our founding father's were angry because they were denied the "Rights of Englishman " and like the English at Runnymede in 1215, they outlined their specific complaints about the king in the Declaration of Independence. The book a nicely outlined translation of the Magna Carta.
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