Magna Carta & Its Gifts To Canada: Democracy, Law...

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A deep and gorgeous study of the Magna Carta and how it still influences our world.The year 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Great Charter imposed on King John by his barons in the thirteenth century to ensure he upheld traditional customs of the nobility. Though it began as a safeguard of the aristocracy, over the past 800 years, the Magna Carta has become a cornerstone of democratic ideals for all.

After centuries of obscurity, the Magna Carta was rediscovered in the seventeenth century, and has informed numerous documents upholding human rights, including the American Declaration of Independence, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, and the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For Canadians, it has informed key documents from the Royal Proclamation of 1763 that shaped the then-British Colonies and their relations with First Nations, to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This book complements the 2015 Magna Carta Canada exhibition of the Durham Cathedral Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest.

Short Description
For 800 years, the Magna Carta has had a formative impact on democracy and liberty, with influence spanning the world. In Canada, the Great Charter has had a unique influence on history and common law. Its legacy includes some of the nation's fundamental laws and defining relationships. This book complements the 2015 Magna Carta Canada exhibition.

Table of Contents
Foreword by the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons Introduction: The Magna Carta at 800
Part 1: The History of Kings, Barons, and the Commons Early Perceptions of Democracy Life in Thirteenth-Century England The Making of King John
Part 2: Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest The Reign of King John and the Coming of Magna Carta The Key Principles of Magna Carta The Repudiation of Magna Carta and the Death of King John The Charter of the Forest: Protection of the Commons The Provisions of Oxford and the Development of Parliament
Part 3: The Decline and Revival of Magna Carta The Spread of Magna Carta’s Ideals from Barons to Commoners The Decline of Magna Carta Sir Edward Coke and the Rebirth of Magna Carta The Petition of Right in 1628 The English Civil Wars and Interregnum The Bill of Rights and Emergence of Constitutional Monarchy
Part 4: Magna Carta Abroad Canada’s First Constitutional Document: the Royal Proclamation of 1763 The American Revolution The French Revolution Magna Carta and Canada’s Confederation in 1867
Part 5: Magna Carta Today The Global Impact of Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest Surviving Copies of Magna Carta Magna Carta in Contemporary Canada
Acknowledgements Appendix 1: The Magna Carta 2015 Exhibition Appendix 2: The Venues Appendix 3: The Durham Cathedral Magna Carta Notes For Further Reading Photo Credits