Of all the documents surviving from the Middle Ages, Magna Carta has a unique facination. In stolid legal Latin, some sixty-odd clauses regulate such interesting matters as the abolition of fish weirs on the Thames, rates of composition payments for military obligations, and standard weights and measures ("a broadcloth to be two ells wide within the selvedges"). But among many obsolete clauses is enshrined a principle so important that it is the very rock upon which democratic constitutions are founded: that government shall ultimately and effectively be accountable to the governed. The society which established this principle, the struggle which led to its formulation, the history of interpretations, misinterpretations and endorsements is the subject of this book.
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Geoffrey Hindley (1935-2014), educated at Kingswood School, Bath and University College Oxford, is a lecturer and writer. He was three times an invited participant at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; was visiting associate professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville; and lectured in Europe and America on European culture,
medieval social history and Magna Carta, and the history of music. From 1994 to 2000 he taught English civilization at the University of Le Havre. Right up until his death he was co-president of the Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science of Oxford and London. His many books include The Shaping of Europe,
England in the Age of Caxton, The Book of Magna Carta, A Brief History of the Crusades and A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons.
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