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p. 61. In Good King Edward's golden dayslocked

  • Nicholas Vincent

Abstract

‘In Good King Edward's golden days’ describes the style of kingship practiced by the Plantagenets and how Magna Carta was created in response to their excesses. Magna Carta was drawn up during the reign of King John — who was he, and why was he so reviled? What is the importance of Henry I's coronation charter as a forerunner to Magna Carta? and Why did people think of the reign of King Edward as a ‘golden age’ of justice? England's system of kingship, governance and ‘feudalism’, is described. What were the priorities of laws in England, and whose power did they seek to protect?

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