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Neil Oliver’s Love Letter to the British Isles: 33. Magna Carta


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January 5,2020

This week, Neil travels to see an iconic document that shook the world

In 1215 a battling king squared up to his rebellious barons in a power struggle produced Magna Carta and a new political order. A charter of rights that started to pin back the monarchy, Magna Carta declared not even a king is above the law. Never again would an English monarch have absolute power. Magna Carta and a follow-up document the Charter of the Forest helped lay the foundations for parliamentary democracy, shaping the world we live in today.

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