Magna Carta

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  • Magna Carta
    • Christian religion was very important in medieval life, and Medieval kings believed they were appointed by God.
    • King john was seen as a bad king as he lost wars, made the barons pay high taxes [scutage] and fell out with the Pope.
    • John panicked when the barons went against him. He needed their support in running the country, and  his disagreement with the Pope. At Runnymede in June 1215 the barons made John sigh Magna Carta.
    • John quickly went back on his word which was supported by the Pope.
    • The barons gained support of the French and challenged John again by declaring that French Prince Louis was king.
    • King John died in October 1216 and his son King Henry III. Henry agreed to the conditions of the Magna Carta
    • King went back on his word, meaning Magna Carta had no immediate impact on society
    • Peasants and villeins were still not free; nothing changed for ordinary people at the time.
    • Only barons and politically powerful people benefited from from the Magna Carta.
    • Magna Carta introduced the idea of that there were some rules and laws the king had to follow.
    • Eventually more people gained their freedom
    • Kings after John had similar versions of the Magna Carta
    • It can be seen as Britain's first step to democracy
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