June 14

BTN Magna Carta


The Magna Carta was a type of law made partially made by King John and partially by the Barons. It’s like a law for what kings can or can’t do.

The creation of the Magna Carta is celebrating its 800th anniversary and it was made while King Johns reign from 1199-1216. The story goes that King John lost a lot of land in a war at the top of France. So he spent a decade fighting very expensive wars to claim back the land. But he was running out of money so he raised the taxes a total of 11X’s and he was interested in taking money from the Barons which are rich and are in charge of his land. So as you would expect the Barons weren’t that happy. So they formed an army that took over England and made King John listen to them. So they met up somewhere on the 15 of June and made the king agree to multiple promises such as: not raising taxes without the Barons permission or opinion, respecting the church and it’s rights and having to have a trial by a Jury before punishing or taking away land. These rules were printed/written on a document later called the Magna Carta. This had later had become British law.

The Magna Carta had also inspired other laws such as Americas Declaration of Independence. This had told me that not all kings are good (especially not King John). Also it told me power could be overthrown like its true you have the role with the most power and responsibility but you cannot just ignore peoples opinion and choice.

Lastly how long is the Magna Carta because it didn’t seem that long?