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p. 725. The charter defeated: the charter victoriouslocked

  • Nicholas Vincent

Abstract

‘The charter defeated: the charter victorious’ describes the short-term failure and long-term success of Magna Carta. Within nine weeks of its issue, Magna Carta was redundant because most of its terms had not been enforced. What were the most significant clauses of Magna Carta? Why was it such a wide-ranging document, and what important matters does Magna Carta avoid addressing? The standoff and civil war that followed the failure of Magna Carta is described. John dies and supporters of his son, Henry III, reissue Magna Carta. The document is reissued in amended forms several times over the coming years so that it is no longer a peace treaty, it becomes legislation.

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