Magna Carta : The True Story Behind the Charter
by David Starkey
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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“A month’s countdown that transformed a feudal mess in the Magna Carta…”its crispy narrative sound, based around short chapters and rolling rhetoric, is extremely entertaining.”‘ Dan Jones, Mail on Sunday I really enjoyed this book.Good story is descriptive, narrative and analytical historyIt’s a good story.”Gérard DeGroot, The TimesAt Runnymede, on the banks of the Thames, on June 15,1215, the seal of King John was attached to the Magna Carta, and peace came down to the earth.This is how successive generations have believedBut is it trueAnd have we been persuaded (or convinced ourselves) that the events of June 15,1215 not only put an end to a civil war between the king and the barons, but – magically – laid down a beloved British constitution copied all over the world?Often seen as a victory for more people than the monarchy and the cornerstone of democracy, the true meaning of Magna Carta is misunderstood and misinterpreted.In Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the Charter, David Starkey paints a living portrait of the years 1215-1225, ten revolutionary years of great importance that produced not one but four charters.Populated by colourful historical characters – Jean, the young King Henry, Pope Innocent III, Archbishop of Stephen Langton, William the Marshal – Starkey tells a story of betrayal and idealism, politics and peace that is surprising and exciting.Instructive, entertaining and controversial, the Magna Carta: The True History Behind the Charterchallenges centuries of decision myth to demonstrate how important it is to understand us the true meaning of that day next to the Thames, eight hundred years ago.
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