MAGNA CARTA AT 800 YEARS
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.
To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.
Magna Carta, June 15, 1215
It was on 15th June 1215 at Runnymede, on the River Thames near Windsor when King John of England affixed his seal on Magna Carta (The Great Charter) to avert civil war. At this time London was under the control of the rebel barons because King John had refused to grant their demands; so he agreed to negotiate with them.
It had been a long time coming for King John. The barons were unhappy with King John because of his strained relationship with the Church; he had rejected the election of Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury and so the Pope had issued an interdict, prohibiting people in England from receiving the sacraments or being buried on consecrated ground. King John had been excommunicated by Pope Innocent III i...Read More