For its 800th anniversary, a new edition of one of democracys founding legal documents, with extensive new commentary
Wrested by rebellious barons from a very reluctant King John, Magna Carta set out a series of rights and duties that have been appealed to, ignored, suppressed, and argued about ever since. Here, David Carpenters forceful new translation is accompanied by extensive commentary that sheds new light on this illustrious legal document.
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David Carpenter, who has translated the text of Magna Carta and written the text of this edition, is Professor of Medieval History at King's College, London. He is the author of The Struggle for Mastery in Britain, 1066-1284, a volume in the Penguin History of Britain series.
"An invaluable new commentary." Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
"A magisterial re-examination of the Charter." The Times Literary Supplement
"Of all the books that commemorated the octingentenary of the signing of Magna Carta, the one that stands out for me is David Carpenters new Penguin Classics edition. . . . Carpenter deserves to replace Sir James Holt as the standard authority, and an unfailingly readable one too." Ferdinand Mount, The Times Literary Supplement, "Books of the Year"