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Magna Carta

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Latin for the Great Charter. The Magna Carta established the principle that a written document could place limits on executive power. It is usually considered the ancestor of all national constitutions, and hence the point of origin for all constitutional government.

After a succession of military losses in France, King John's rule became oppressive to his British subjects. Barons revolted and captured London. On June 10, 1215, King John and the barons met and negotiated a settlement. The barons would renew their oaths of loyalty, and in exchange the King would agree to a list of concessions entitled Articles of the Barons. The formal royal grant prepared by the royal chancery became known as the Magna Carta.

Included in the Articles of the Barons are some principles we would recognize today:

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This page was last modified 19:55, 31 October 2007 by Chad Lupkes. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Allamakee Democrat, Sipples and Opendna. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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