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The Magna Carta and its Legacy
This course aims to lead students into a greater appreciation for and an understanding of Magna Carta and its significance around the globe, as we approach the 800th anniversary of its sealing. The course examines why Magna Carta was radical in its day, why it has been a source of numerous debates, and why this anniversary is being celebrated in the present.
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Magna Carta and the Medieval World
1 People I Have Learned About in this Course:
King John Lackland (1166-1216)
Known for signing the Magna Carta in 1215 which promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown
  • King John was given the nickname of Lackland because, unlike his elder brothers, he received no land rights in the continental provinces
  • yet the failed rebellion of his elder brothers between 1173 and 1174 made him the favorite child of the reigning monarch, King Henry II
  • although he has been described as "hard-working administrator, an able man, an able general" he is generally described critically in his capacity of a king, showing "distasteful, even dangerous personality traits, such as pettiness, spitefulness and cruelty"
  • these negative qualities provided extensive material for fiction writers in the Victorian era, and John remains a recurring character within Western popular culture, primarily as a villain in films and stories depicting the Robin Hood legends