This is the product page for the ABA Special Edition of Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom 1215-2015.
Magna Carta has resonated through the centuries and across the globe like no other legal text. The 800th anniversary of its first issue at Runnymede in 1215 presents an opportunity to reflect on the seminal importance of a text that enshrines the individual’s right of access to due process in law.
For this richly illustrated volume Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, is joined by a range of leading experts on Magna Carta from across the world to reflect on the circumstances of its genesis and its enduring importance through subsequent centuries. Magna Carta was serially reinterpreted by later generations in contexts that were often far removed from the specific grievances of King John’s barons.It became a totem in fierce political debates on the liberties of the people in the face of the tyranny of the king. As such, it became a sacred text for English Puritans of the Civil War, for the American patriots of the War of Independence, and for all those in the English-speaking world who have striven to build democratic rights and freedoms in the post-colonial age.
A significant percentage of every copy sold will go to the Magna Carta Trust, a non-profit body which promotes and supports the principles of Magna Carta and its associated historical sites.
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This edition is for ABA members and supporters only. It will feature a Foreword by Stephen N. Zack, an Introduction by William C. Hubbard, and a list of those from the ABA who supported the project by ordering in advance of publication. PLEASE NOTE: THE LIST OF SPONSORS IS NOW CLOSED.
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