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Magna Carta Uncovered

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Table of Contents

1. Who Made Magna Carta? 2. William Marshal 3. What Was Magna Carta? 4. Religion 5. Rebellion 6. Freemen 7. Law and Order 8. Trial by Peers - Clauses 39 and 40 9. Taxes 10. The King Under the Law 11. London and Other Cities 12. Commerce 13. Robin Hood and the Royal Forests 14. Wales and Scotland 15. The Charter Restored 16. Towards Democracy 17. Due Process 18. The Charter Survives 19. The Rule of Law 20. `Reason of State' 21. Ship Money 22. Independence of the Jury and the Right to Silence 23. Towards an Independent Judiciary 24. The Bill of Rights 25. Rebellion in America

About the Author

Anthony Arlidge has been a Queen's Counsel for over 30 years. In 1990 he was called upon during a case to argue the meaning of clause 40 of Magna Carta. Igor Judge was a judge for 25 years and retired as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales in 2013.


Arlidge and Judge...give [a] fascinating [account] of the afterlife of the Great Charter...[the book is] magnificently illustrated -- Ferdinand Mount * London Review of Books * Magna Carta Uncovered explains a great deal about the development of justice, the legal profession, and English history, and is quite simply, a very interesting book that lawyers and lay persons will find enjoyable. -- Gilles renaud * Commonwealth Judicial Journal * ...the prose is a joy in its own right...Those who want to know why this anniversary is so important need read no further. -- David Wurtzel * Counsel Magazine * The distinguishing feature of Arlidge and Judge's work is that it is a historical one carried out by lawyers and presented to a legal audience...The learning and research exhibited in this book is wide... It is the duty of every generation of lawyers to know the values which Magna Carta represents, to appeal to them and, in so doing, to aspire to what is best in the tradition it has come to symbolise. It is for reminding us of that duty that Arlidge and Judge deserve our gratitude and Magna Carta Uncovered deserves to be widely read and admired. -- Paul Harvey * European Human Rights Law Review * Arlidge and Judge's book is a valuable contribution to the study of the context and anture of the charter has particular value in the wealth of legal expertise combined with the historial background of the authors. -- Sara Elin Roberts * English, 2015, vol64 * What makes this book so successful is how effectively the discussion of the Charter is set in context...Even those who think they know about Magna Carta are likely to be richly rewarded by reading this work. -- David Ormerod QC * The Middle Templar * There is no time to be bored on any particular subject ...the 170 pages of this book are a fitting tribute to [the Magna Carta] in all respects. -- Daniel Greenberg * Statute Law Review * This book is a good introduction to Magna Carta. This is not a book designed specifically for scholars of the period, but a more general text for wider public consumption- something the author have made no attempt to hide. Magna Carta Uncovered (...) approaches the subject from a slightly different angle, which will distinguish it from the other texts available. -- Steven Franklin * Parliamentary History *

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