Auteur(s): Geoffrey Hindley
Uitgave: hardcover met stofomslag, Engelstalig
Aantal bladzijden: 224
Uitgever: Guild Publishing, London/New York/Sydney/Toronto
1e Druk, Jaartal: 1990
Afmetingen: 251 x 193 x 27 mm
Gewicht: 830 g + 130 g (verpakking) = 960 g
The Book of Magna Carta – Geoffrey Hindley
When King John assented to the Charter of Liberties at Runnymede in June 1215, he had little thought of observing its provinsions and none of laying a cornerstone of English liberties. It had been extorted under duress and his ally Pope Innocent III would assuredly annul it (The Pope did, three months later). But time had been gained and once the baronial opposition had been outmanoeuvred, defeated by arms if need be, the main business of his reign, the recovery of Normandy, could be resumed. Meanwhile, chancery clerks were set to work penning copies of the charter for circulation throughout the kingdom.
Of all the documents surviving from the Middle Ages, Magna Carta has a unique fascination. In stolid legal Latin, some sixty-odd clauses regulate such interesting matters as the abolition of fish weirs on the Thames, rates of composition payments for military obligations, and standard weights and measures (a broadcloth to be two ells wide whitin the selvedges).
But among many obsolete clauses in enshrined a principle so important that it is the very rock upon which democratic consitutions are founded: that government shall ultimately and effectively be accountable to the governed. The society which established this principle, the struggle which led to its formulation, and the history of the Charter’s interpretations and misinterpretations, both in Britain and the United States, are the subject of this book.