(Created on 03/02/2015)



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  • King John's promises - a lesson
    "This lesson for students at A2-B1 level is about the Magna Carta and the promises that King John broke after he sealed it. It provides students with information about the sealing of the Magna Carta and lists ten promises that King John broke. It allows students to practise reading for information, identify and use 'will' for promises, and develop legal vocabulary."


  • King Richard and King John - a lesson 
    "This lesson provides some background to the Magna Carta by looking at the key characters of King Richard and King John, one loved, one hated. It gives students listening practice and develops a set of vocabulary to talk about personality."



  • Magna Carta 800 Years song and lyrics
    "To celebrate 800 years since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, this song was part of the Horrible Histories special:
    Crooked King John and Magna Carta-Series 6 Episode 1."



  • What is Magna Carta?
    "Why is this old piece of parchment considered to be such a powerful symbol of our rights and freedoms?
    Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation takes you back to medieval times, when England under the reign of Bad King John.
    It asks why Magna Carta was originally created and what it meant to those living in the 13th century."

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    Learn more about the Magna Carta at the British Library.


  • 800 Years of Magna Carta
    "Over the centuries Magna Carta has influenced kings and statesmen, lawyers and lawmakers, prisoners, Chartists and Suffragettes.
    Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation explores Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy."



  • Magna Carta - Articles
    "Discover the history and legacy of one of the world's most celebrated documents."
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  • A Clickable Timeline: Democracy's rocky road 
    "BBC News compiles a timeline of some of the key events in the evolution of the political system, from its earliest beginnings in Mesopotamia 
    (modern Iraq) in 4000BC.
    Find out how democracy has spread around the world, through advances such as Magna Carta and universal suffrage, 
    but succumbed to setbacks such as Hitler's Germany and the suppression of 20th century pro-democracy movements. 



  • Magna Cartas united at British Library to celebrate 800th anniversary - 2 February 2015
    "The four surviving original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta have been brought together for the first time in London.
    Magna Carta is one of the most important, well-known documents in history and this year marks its 800th anniversary.
    More than 40,000 people entered a public ballot to see them, with 1,125 getting the chance to see all four at the British Library over three days.
    The Magna Carta was authorised on 15 June 1215 at Runnymede.
    The document was agreed by King John to appease rebel barons in the heart of battle."




One of the four surviving copies of the 1215 Magna Carta containing the famous clause
‘to no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice’