The Magna Carta in its Medieval Context [Sample Chapter]

The Hon James Spigelman AC QC discusses the background, development and significance of the Magna Carta in the century after it was accepted by King John in June, 1215.

The Australian Law Journal article also considers the importance of the companion Forest Charter, which elaborated the provisions in the original Magna Carta for regulation of the Royal Forests.


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