Pocket Magna Carta: 1217 Text and Translation
This pocket edition of the 1217 Magna Carta includes both a modern English translation and the original Latin text. The introduction to this book tells the history of the document and how it came to be. This 64-page hardcover book measures about 4 ¼" x 6 3/8," so fits conveniently in your purse or pocket. This important piece of history has helped shape even our laws today and should be familiar to all.
Magna Carta, or Great Charter, is one of the most important documents in legal history. Originating in 1215 as a peace treaty between King John and a group of rebellious barons at Runnymede, it put into law the concept of individual liberty and transformed the role of the monarch toward the people. Magna Carta was subsequently revised and reissued throughout the thirteenth century, and the ideas it expressed have had a profound influence, including on the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Pocket Magna Carta reproduces the 1217 reissue of this landmark document, including both the original Latin text and a modern translation, as well as an accessible introduction that traces the background of Magna Cartas signing and subsequent revisions throughout the centuries. It also explains how the text has become an enduring symbol of freedom in Britain and the wider world. A clear and concise introduction to one of the most important documents in legal history, Pocket Magna Carta will be welcomed by those with an interest in British history or the wider history of Britain in the world.