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Magna Carta Video

Tuesday 30 December 2014
by Laurence Bernard

The Magna Carta will celebrate its 800th anniversary on 15 June 2015.

The Magna Carta is considered to be one of the most important documents in modern democracy. It established the rule of the law, limited the absolute power of the king and protected individual rights and church rights. It set fair justice (known as habeas corpus) and a limitation on feudal taxes to the crown. It protected the barons from being unfairly imprisoned or unfairly treated, even unfairly married by the king.

Here’s a video by Timelines.TV and a worksheet attached below to learn more about the Magna Carta, the historical contexts, the characters, the outcome.

Follow-up resources

Magna Carta: English translation

- http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-english-translation

More worksheets

- http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/grievances-time-magna-carta
- http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/england-800-years-ago

More videos

- A lesson plan + video Magna Carta (by UK Parliament)

- Bad king John (+ birth of Robin Hood legend)

- Disney’s interpretation of King John in Robin Hood


- About King John (brief biography)


Projects planned for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta on the official website http://magnacarta800th.com/projects/

- http://magnacarta800th.com/projects/spreading-the-word/
- http://magnacarta800th.com/projects/my-magna-carta/