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Magna Carta - The Birth of Liberty

Dan Jones

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History

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"Dan Jones has an enviable gift for telling a dramatic story while at the same time inviting us to consider serious topics like liberty and the seeds of representative government." -Antonia Fraser From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets, a lively, action-packed history of how the Magna Carta came to be-by the author of The Templars The Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles-even its language-can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. But what was this strange document and how did it gain such legendary status? Dan Jones takes us back to the turbulent year of 1215, when, beset by foreign crises and cornered by a growing domestic rebellion, King John reluctantly agreed to fix his seal to a document that would change the course of history. At the time of its creation the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty drafted by a group of rebel barons who were tired of the king's high taxes, arbitrary justice, and endless foreign wars. The fragile peace it established would last only two months, but its principles have reverberated over the centuries. Jones's riveting narrative follows the story of the Magna Carta's creation, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England, and charts the high points in its unexpected afterlife. Reissued by King John's successors it protected the Church, banned unlawful imprisonment, and set limits to the exercise of royal power. It established the principle that taxation must be tied to representation and paved the way for the creation of Parliament. In 1776 American patriots, inspired by that long-ago defiance, dared to pick up arms against another English king and to demand even more far-reaching rights. We think of the Declaration of Independence as our founding document but those who drafted it had their eye on the Magna Carta.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 13m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:21


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:14


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:27


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:30