LONDON - The 800th anniversary on Monday of Magna Carta, a medieval political truce that inspired protections for some of the world's most cherished liberties, prompted a range of celebrations in Britain that included a ceremony involving Queen Elizabeth II and a national beer day.
Around 20 miles from central London, where modern-day government and democracy shape the lives of citizens throughout the United Kingdom, the Thames meanders peacefully through nondescript English countryside. This is just another part of the green and pleasant land that has come to define much of these shores.
The legacy of Magna Carta has been celebrated with an outpouring of speeches from senior members of the judiciary, lauding the symbolic agreement but also cautioning about historical over-interpretation. The document signed by rebel barons and sealed on behalf of King John at Runnymede 800 years ago on Monday was swiftly repudiated, revised and reissued, ensuring that its true legal inheritance has been contested repeatedly over the centuries.
If you ask anyone what the Magna Carta is all about, you might be told that it is some sort of proto-human rights or constitutional document. This largely results from the fame and after-life of two particular clauses (39 and 40) - and the way the document has been interpreted and used over time.
Eight hundred years ago, on June 15, in a meadow west of London, England's King John concluded the negotiations with rebel barons that would produce what still ranks as one of the most important documents in human history: Magna Carta. Around the world it has been and remains a rallying cry for human rights activists.
As it comes to Canada on its 800th birthday, is Magna Carta simply an interesting relic of history for Canadians to gaze at? Or is it still something to be struggled over? Magna Charta Libertatum Angliae, the Great Charter of English Liberties, was born in strife and turmoil in 1215.
The 800-year old Magna Carta, limiting the powers of the English monarchy, is hailed as a foundation stone of modern democracy and civil rights. But not only is it more limited in scope than commonly supposed, much of it is humorously and oddly specific, at least to modern ears.
The seminal document was written on June 15, 1215. Since then, its principles have been enshrined in laws and constitutions around the world. How did it come about 800 years ago, and what is its modern legacy? Test your medieval legal knowledge.
The big day has finally arrived! Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in the world is celebrating its 800th birthday. Granted by King John of England at Runnymede, a water meadow on the River Thames, on 15 June 1215, Magna Carta ('The Great Charter') established for the first...
Monday is the 800th anniversary of the day in 1215 that rotten King John put his seal to the sheet of parchment called the Articles of the Barons-later to be known as Magna Carta-at Runnymede in England.
This is how big the craft beer movement has grown internationally: The 800 th anniversary of the issuance of the Magna Carta, which takes place later this month, is being commemorated by a beer. It's hard to imagine a brewery more suited to produce it than the Windsor & Eton Brewery.
As the world celebrates the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a document that laid the foundation for modern liberties and law, it's worth remembering that one silent witness to that historical event remains alive and well.
It's been hailed as the cornerstone of our justice system. From property rights to women's rights, the rule of law, equality before the law and defined roles for judges: all roads, it seems, lead us back to Magna Carta Libertatum. But is this entirely true?