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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Jones Narrator: Dan Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9780147520630
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets comes a short, lively, action-packed history of how the Magna Carta came to be.

The Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. But what was this strange document that dwells on tax relief and greater fishing rights, and how did it gain legendary status?

Dan Jones takes us back to 1215, the turbulent year when the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty between England’s King John and a group of self-interested, violent barons who were tired of his high taxes and endless foreign wars. The treaty would fail within two months of its confirmation.

But this important document marked the first time a king was forced to obey his own laws. Jones’ Magna Carta follows the story of the Magna Carta’s creation, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England and is book that will appeal to fans of microhistories of pivotal years like 1066, 1491, and especially 1776—when American patriots, inspired by that long-ago defiance, dared to pick up arms against another English king.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By putting the Magna Carta in its proper historical context, the brilliant young historian Dan Jones triumphantly answers the questions he poses in his Introduction, about how it came to be granted, what it meant at the time, and what it should mean to us today.”

    Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lively and clear-eyed.”

    London Review of Books

  • “An insightful, satisfying history of a beloved…icon of freedom.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Dan Jones is an award-winning historian of the Middle Ages who writes a regular column for London’s Evening Standard. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied under David Starkey, he presented a documentary for the BBC’s Handmade in Britain series and has appeared on the popular history show Time Team. He is the author of Summer of Blood, a history of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, an Independent Book of the Year. A frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, he lives in London with his wife and two daughters and is working on a new history of the War of the Roses.