Magna Carta (Latin: "the Great Charter"), also called Magna Carta Libertatum (Latin: "the Great Charter of the Liberties"), "is a charter agreed by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on 15 June 1215.[a] First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons..."
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 and why is it so important? - 15 June 2015
"It is the most famous document in history - Magna Carta - and it was sealed 800 years ago today.
This humble piece of parchment is celebrated for creating the very concept of human rights, the idea that "all men are equal".
But what exactly is Magna Carta? And who was it really written for?"
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."
(YouTube) + Transcript
(bl.uk) 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."
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." (BBC)
Magna Carta: Queen attends 800th anniversary ceremony -VIDEO - 15 June 2015
"The Queen attended a service on Monday to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
The historic charter sealed by King John placed limits on the power of the monarchy and introduced some of the rights that modern democracies enjoy today.
Nicholas Witchell reports from Runnymede."
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."