Magna Carta or Magna Charta [Lat., = great charter], the most famous document of British constitutional history, issued by King John at Runnymede under compulsion from the barons and the church in June, 1215.
Sections in this article:
- The Reasons for Its Granting
- Revisions and Reinterpretations
- The Original Charter
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