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Magna Carta : the true story behind the Charter

Author: David Starkey
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
At Runnymede, on the banks of the River Thames, on 15 June 1215, the seal of King John was attached to the Magna Carta, and peace descended upon the land. Or that's what successive generations have believed. But is it true? And have we been persuaded (or persuaded ourselves) that the events of 15 June 1215 not only ended a civil war between the king and the barons but - as if by magic - established a British  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Starkey
ISBN: 9781473610057 1473610052
OCLC Number: 908396686
Description: 285 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The great king? : John and his opponents --
The crisis --
Rebels with a cause --
The road to Runnymede --
Runnymede --
For all and for ever --
Failure --
Roman echoes --
Civil war and war of words --
Desperation --
New king; new charter --
Victory and reconciliation --
Spontaneous and free consent --
After Magna Carta : a tale of two charters --
Appendix: The Charters.
Responsibility: David Starkey.


Over 800 years on from the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey explores the Magna Carta and its influence on Britain today.  Read more...
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It's fun to read and I recommend it to everyone. -- Helena Kennedy * BBC Radio 4 Today Programme * A perceptive historian with a populist's ability to communicate... admirable for its lucidity and Read more...

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