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Middle Ages

The Middle Ages was an era of great change in civilization, a transition between ancient times and the modern world. It lasted from approximately A.D. 500 to 1500 and saw the growth of the Roman Catholic Church in Western Europe and the spread of the Islamic faith in the Middle East.

Knight, J 2001, Middle ages, primary sources, UXL, Detroit, p. ix.
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Magna Carta

In 1956, Winston Churchill wrote, 'Here is a law which is about the King and which he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta: an this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it.'

Bragg, M 2006, Twelve books that changed the world, Hodder & Stoughton, London, p. 69.

The respect offered this document has endured for 800 years. It has provided the foundation of democratic government not only in the United Kingdom, but in other countries such as, the United States of America, Australia, India, New Zealand and Canada.

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To read of the times and events that lead to King John affixing his seal to this famous document at Runneymede in June 1215 you may care to look at the book by Danziger & Gillingham 1215: the year of the Magna Carta

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  • Tony Robinson's crime and punishment. (DVD) Disc 1, Episode 2: Guilty as charged: Tony looks at the period up to and after the Norman invasion, which was perhaps the most turbulent in the history of law. But in the 150 years from 1066, the legal system was transformed. This period saw the signing of the Magna Carta and the establishment of the three major principles of a modern legal system: independent judges, trial by jury, and English common law. (49 mins)

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