Magna Carta Uncovered

  • Filename: magna-carta-uncovered.
  • ISBN: 9781782255918
  • Release Date: 2014-10-30
  • Number of pages: 204
  • Author: Anthony Arlidge
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the grant at Runnymede of Magna Carta.The story of how Magna Carta came into being ,and has been interpreted since, and its impact on individual rights and constitutional developments has more twists and turns than any work of historical fiction. The authors bring their wide legal experience and forensic skills to uncover the original meaning of the liberties enshrined in Magna Carta, and to trace their development in later centuries up to the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America. By providing that the powers of the King were not unlimited, the Charter was groundbreaking, yet it was also a conservative document, following the form of Anglo-Saxon charters and seeking to return government to the ways of the Norman kings. This book tells the enthralling, ultimately inspirational, story of Magna Carta in a concise and readable fashion and will captivate laymen and lawyers alike.

Beyond Magna Carta

  • Filename: beyond-magna-carta.
  • ISBN: 1849463093
  • Release Date: 2015-03-01
  • Number of pages: 314
  • Author: Andrew Blick
  • Publisher: Hart Pub Limited

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta falls in June 2015. In this work Dr Blick argues that this event should be the occasion for a reassessment of the past, present and future of the UK constitution. He draws on his experience as research fellow to the first ever parliamentary inquiry into the possibility of a written constitution for the UK. Dr Blick considers a series of English and UK historical texts from Anglo-Saxon times onwards, among which Magna Carta is the most prominent, which sought to set out arrangements for the governance of England and later the UK as a whole. He argues that they comprise a powerful tradition of written constitutional documents, and stresses the importance of the European dimension to their introduction and content. The author then considers the present nature of the UK constitution, describing the period of immense flux through which it has passed in recent decades, and the implications of this phase of change. Dr Blick identifies a need for a full written constitution for the UK as the next appropriate step. Finally, he discusses the democratic processes suitable to devising such a text, and what its contents might be.'With this book Andrew Blick has made a major contribution to our understanding of how our system of government has worked in the past, how it is working - or not working - now, and what it could be in the future. Combing the centuries, he challenges many misconceptions and makes a powerful case for a written constitution. This volume is absolutely essential to anyone who wants to appreciate the real meaning of Magna Carta and why we should celebrate it.'Graham Allen MP, Chair, House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee'Beyond Magna Carta brings together the utility of a road map with the fascination of a changing cartography of political thought - all part of the constitutional development of these islands from the Great Charter of 1215 to the confusing aftermath of the Scottish Referendum of 2014. It is a superb work of explanation capped by intriguing suggestions of future possibilities.'Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, FBA, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London.

The Magna Carta Manifesto

  • Filename: the-magna-carta-manifesto.
  • ISBN: 0520932706
  • Release Date: 2008-02-10
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Peter Linebaugh
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

This remarkable book shines a fierce light on the current state of liberty and shows how longstanding restraints against tyranny—and the rights of habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process of law, and the prohibition of torture—are being abridged. In providing a sweeping history of Magna Carta, the source of these protections since 1215, this powerful book demonstrates how these ancient rights are repeatedly laid aside when the greed of privatization, the lust for power, and the ambition of empire seize a state. Peter Linebaugh draws on primary sources to construct a wholly original history of the Great Charter and its scarcely-known companion, the Charter of the Forest, which was created at the same time to protect the subsistence rights of the poor.

A Short History of England

  • Filename: a-short-history-of-england.
  • ISBN: 9781847657565
  • Release Date: 2011-09-08
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Simon Jenkins
  • Publisher: Profile Books

Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In A Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the dark ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style. Until now there has been no short history of England covering all significant events, themes and individuals: this bestselling book, published in association with the National Trust, will be the standard work for years to come.

Conspiracy Theory in America

  • Filename: conspiracy-theory-in-america.
  • ISBN: 9780292743793
  • Release Date: 2013-04-15
  • Number of pages: 260
  • Author: Lance deHaven-Smith
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press

Asserts that the Founders' hard-nosed realism about the likelihood of elite political misconduct—articulated in the Declaration of Independence—has been replaced by today's blanket condemnation of conspiracy beliefs as ludicrous by definition.


  • Filename: 1215.
  • ISBN: 0743257731
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Danny Danziger
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A portrait of everyday life in thirteenth-century Britain chronicles the people and events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in June 1215.

A Little History of the World

  • Filename: a-little-history-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 0300108834
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 284
  • Author: Ernst Hans Gombrich
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

Presents a brief, narrative history of the world for young readers, from the Stone Age up to the end of World War II.

The Meaning of the Pentateuch

  • Filename: the-meaning-of-the-pentateuch.
  • ISBN: 9780830878888
  • Release Date: 2010-07-18
  • Number of pages: 634
  • Author: John H. Sailhamer
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press

The Pentateuch is the foundation for understanding the Old Testament and the Bible as a whole. Yet through the centuries it has been probed and dissected, weighed and examined, its text peeled back for its underlying history, its discourse analyzed and its words weighed. Could there be any stone in Sinai yet unturned? Surprisingly, there is. From a career of study, John Sailhamer sums up his perspective on the Pentateuch by first settling the hermeneutical question of where we should set our attention. Rather than focus on the history behind the text, Sailhamer is convinced that it is the text itself that should be our primary focus. Along the way he demonstrates that this was in fact the focus of many interpreters in the precritical era. Persuaded of the singular vision of the Pentateuch, Sailhamer searches out clues left by the author and the later editor of the Pentateuch that will disclose the meaning of this great work. By paying particular attention to the poetic seams in the text, he rediscovers a message that surprisingly brings us to the threshold of the New Testament gospel.

Magna Carta A Very Short Introduction

  • Filename: magna-carta-a-very-short-introduction.
  • ISBN: 9780191633492
  • Release Date: 2012-06-28
  • Number of pages: 152
  • Author: Nicholas Vincent
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

The Magna Carta has long been considered the foundation stone of the British Constitution, yet few people today understand either its contents or its context. This Very Short Introduction introduces the document to a modern audience, explaining its origins in the troubled reign of King John, and tracing the significance of the role that it played thereafter as a totemic symbol of the subject's right to protection against the raw and absolute authority of the sovereign. Drawing upon the great advances that have been made in the past two decades in our understanding of thirteenth-century English history, Nicholas Vincent demonstrates why the Magna Carta continues to be of enormous popular interest. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Buddha of Suburbia

  • Filename: the-buddha-of-suburbia.
  • ISBN: 9780571249398
  • Release Date: 2009-01-08
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Hanif Kureishi
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award 'A wonderful novel. I doubt I will read a funnier one, or one with more heart, this year, possibly this decade.' Angela Carter, Guardian The hero of Hanif Kureishi's first novel is Karim, a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving - albeit with some rude and raucous results. 'One of the best comic novels of growing up, and one of the sharpest satires on race relations in this country that I've ever read.' Independent on Sunday 'Brilliantly funny. A fresh, anarchic and deliciously unrestrained novel.' Sunday Times 'A distinctive and talented voice, blithe, savvy, alive and kicking.' Hermione Lee, Independent


  • Filename: witches.
  • ISBN: 9781448163465
  • Release Date: 2013-08-29
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Tracy Borman
  • Publisher: Random House

September 1613. In Belvoir Castle, the heir of one of England’s great noble families falls suddenly and dangerously ill. His body is ‘tormented’ with violent convulsions. Within a few short weeks he will suffer an excruciating death. Soon the whole family will be stricken with the same terrifying symptoms. The second son, the last male of the line, will not survive. It is said witches are to blame. And so the Earl of Rutland’s sons will not be the last to die. Witches traces the dramatic events which unfolded at one of England’s oldest and most spectacular castles four hundred years ago. The case is among those which constitute the European witch craze of the 15th-18th centuries, when suspected witches were burned, hanged, or tortured by the thousand. Like those other cases, it is a tale of superstition, the darkest limits of the human imagination and, ultimately, injustice – a reminder of how paranoia and hysteria can create an environment in which nonconformism spells death. But as Tracy Borman reveals here, it is not quite typical. The most powerful and Machiavellian figure of the Jacobean court had a vested interest in events at Belvoir.He would mastermind a conspiracy that has remained hidden for centuries.

Magna Carta

  • Filename: magna-carta.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105011819658
  • Release Date: 1966
  • Number of pages: 379
  • Author: William Finley Swindler
  • Publisher:

Chronicles the events which led to the creation of the Magna Carta and the influence of this document on all subsequent laws in England as well as on the American Constitution. Includes the original text.

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