1215 The Year of Magna Carta

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Published by Touchstone--Simon & Schuster 2004, 336 pages, hardback book

Book was borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing.

In 1215 King John ruled as King of England, after the death of his older brother Richard I (also known as Richard the Lion Heart). John was the 5th son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. King John was the king during the writing of the Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta was a charter that was first known as Charter of Liberties, and was written by English Barons in order to protect themselves from unjust seizures and mistreatment from the King. The King did sign the charter but reluctantly. In the beginning the charter was not popular; but later as it was updated and modified and republished, then it was considered in confidence as a good thing.
There are 4 known full copies of the Magna Carta that exist. One copy is in the British Museum and Library.
There are 63 clauses in the Magna Carta. This charter was instrumental in writing The Bill of Rights. 
1215 The Year of Magna Carta looks more at the year and the time period of the Middle Ages, rather than focusing on the charter itself. The book describes everyday life in 1215: food that was eaten and how it was prepared, the church, The Crusades, average income, bathroom facilities or lack of, how churches and homes were built, and a mini-history on the few Jew's that lived in England.
I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it for anyone of interest in British history, or the Middle Ages.
It is fascinating and well written.

Blissful Reading!


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