The Magna Carta was first issued in 1225; later in 1297 another version was passed. The second version of the Magna Carta is still on the books for England. The Magna Carta was written by the Archbishop Steven Langton as well as the most powerful Barons in England. At first it is said that the Magna Carta was originally called the “The Articles of the Barons.” After the revisions the name changed to what is now known as the Magna Carta. The final document was sealed with King Johns royal seal to show that he was accepting of this document. The Magna Carta was distributed to the most important people in England, including the bishop, sheriffs and any other people that the barons saw were fit. The Magna Carta is a document that states no “freeman” can be punished except through the law of the land. Thos covered all men that were not serfs. This basically meant that the king in this case King John couldn’t abuse his power and would have to deal with the people according to the laws set. It was made up of English laws some old laws that they copied and some new laws. This had to be pushed onto the king of the time which was King John of England into signing, he did not want to sign this document because it greatly reduced the power that he held in England. This document allowed there to be a formation of a parliament, which in turn made England a Democracy and the parliament gained more power.
The Magna Carta was and is so important to the History of American because it was “the founding document of English liberties and hence American liberties” (Magna Carta). The nobles found King John greedy and uncooperative, the king and the Nobel man did not agree on much of anything, they agreed with the Magna Carta because of the actions that the king was taking asking for more money and his constant attempt in raising taxes. Because of this the he angered the Roman Catholic church and the pope at this time banned all church services in England this... [continues]
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