Magna Carta Essay

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The Magna Carta, Latin for "Great Paper", was written as a charter for England in 1215 (Magna 1). The Magna Carta has had the most significant influence on modern day common law and constitutions. The document was originally written because of disagreements between the Pope, King John, and his English barons over the rights of the king. The Magna Carta required the king to renounce certain rights, and to accept that the powers of the king could be bound by law (Asimov 12). There are a few misconceptions about the Magna Carta, however. It was not the first document to attempt to limit the power of the king. It, however, failed to limit the power of the king, especially during the Middle Ages. The Magna Carta had been strengthened …show more content…
During the Tudor period, there was limited knowledge of the document, even by those who wrote about it. In the statute books, it appeared that the Magna Carta was brought about by King Henry III, rather than the reapplication of the original charter. The Magna Carta was first used during the Tudor period as a Bill of Rights. The church often attempted to use the first clause of the Magna Carter to protect itself from attacks by King Henry, but its claims had no credibility (Asimov 55). The first person to attempt to use the Magna Carta was Francis Bacon, who asserted that it guaranteed due process in a trial. At this time in English history, the Magna Carta was used in common law. However, it was not seen as a set of liberties guaranteed for the people against the Crown and government in general, but as a normal statute which gave a certain level of liberties that could not be relied on, especially against the king. Therefore, the Magna Carta had very little effect on government in the early Tudor period because of the power the king retained, a situation which lasted until the Elizabethan age. During the Elizabethan age, England was becoming the most powerful force in Europe. Pride was becoming a primary force in all areas of academics and attempts were made to prove that Parliament had Roman origins. The Magna Carta was interpreted as an

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