Friday, 5 June 2015

WALK: Magna Carta 800 - What is the 'Great Charter'?

I will not be at Runnymede on 15th June, but at Temple Church in the City of London, where King John was first presented with the Articles of the Barons in January 2015. He ignored their list of grievances instead ratifying the Church's charter whereby he made promises to give them full independence, basically appeasing Pope Innocent III his feudal overlord.

His lack of attention to his Baron's demands led to unprecedented action by them, and the eventual outcome over several charters and as many years,  became the foundation stone of the British Constitution.

The walk starts at Blackfriars and ends at the Guildhall Art Gallery where you will view the London Charter of 1297.

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