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Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty (2014)

Tekijä: Dan Jones

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The Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles--even its language--can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. But what was this strange charter and how did it gain such legendary status? Historian Dan Jones takes us back to the turbulent year of 1215, when, beset by foreign crises and cornered by a growing domestic rebellion, King John reluctantly agreed to fix his seal to a document that would change the course of history. At the time of its creation, the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty drafted by a group of rebel barons who were tired of the king's high taxes, arbitrary justice, and endless foreign wars. The fragile peace it established would last only two months, but its principles have reverberated over the centuries. Jones's narrative follows the story of the Magna Carta's creation, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England, and charts the high points in its unexpected afterlife. Reissued by King John's successors, it protected the Church, banned unlawful imprisonment, and set limits to the exercise of royal power. It established the principle that taxation must be tied to representation and paved the way for the creation of Parliament. In 1776 American patriots, inspired by that long-ago defiance, dared to pick up arms against another English king and to demand even more far-reaching rights. We think of the Declaration of Independence as our founding document, but those who drafted it had their eye on the Magna Carta.--Adapted from book jacket.… (lisätietoja)
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Good god, I love Dan Jones. His books are so well told, and Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty is no exception. He seamlessly brings the Magna Carta’s story together in an easy-to-understand way, even for the unfamiliar reader. This was a fun read, and learning things about the Magna Carta I hadn’t known made it all the more interesting. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
Dan Jones is so great at taking a topic that could be the driest reading in the hands of other writers and turning it into something as captivating as a novel. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
King John is one of England’s most fascinating monarchs, and much of his history is covered alongside the origins of the Magna Carta.

Certain sections didn’t hold me riveted, which is why I’ve rated it four stars instead of five, but overall this is well worth a read. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Mar 23, 2020 |
I can't say enough about Jones and his methods with the pen. All of his books are engrossing. He writes with an energy and passion that is not seen very often in the history field. His books are right on par with Susan Wise Bauer's history series. He keeps the story moving but moves at a slow enough pace that allows you to feel the chill on England's foggy banks and the sword as it slides into the ribs of the unfortunate. ( )
  JHemlock | Mar 22, 2018 |
Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty by historian Dan Jones is excellent. As with his previous books, The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors and The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England , Mr. Jones makes a very complicated period of history accessible.

The Magna Carta is often referred to as the starting point for our own Constitution. Ironically it was never intended as a tool to help the common man. It was intended to benefit the nobility by controlling a despotic king. Mr. Jones does a wonderful job of setting up the circumstances that required the creation of the Magna Carta. He also explains that it was not just one document and done. It was reissued with changes over the course of many years. It is a fascinating timeline to follow how a barons’s rebellion is credited in the creation of some many documents which brought freedom to nation’s citizens.

Honestly I enjoyed John Curless’s narration of War of the Roses better than Mr. Jones’s narration of Magna Carta. I did enjoy Mr. Jone’s narration better than Clive Chafer’s narration of The Plantagenets. Mr. Jones has a pleasant voice. He certainly knows the text having written it. He provides emphasis where it is needed. It just comes down to personal choice in narrators. I would highly recommend Magna Carta. It is wonderful and not dry.

This book was provided free from Audiobook Addicts on Facebook as a prize for a contest. ( )
  nhalliwell | Nov 13, 2016 |
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The Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles--even its language--can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. But what was this strange charter and how did it gain such legendary status? Historian Dan Jones takes us back to the turbulent year of 1215, when, beset by foreign crises and cornered by a growing domestic rebellion, King John reluctantly agreed to fix his seal to a document that would change the course of history. At the time of its creation, the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty drafted by a group of rebel barons who were tired of the king's high taxes, arbitrary justice, and endless foreign wars. The fragile peace it established would last only two months, but its principles have reverberated over the centuries. Jones's narrative follows the story of the Magna Carta's creation, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England, and charts the high points in its unexpected afterlife. Reissued by King John's successors, it protected the Church, banned unlawful imprisonment, and set limits to the exercise of royal power. It established the principle that taxation must be tied to representation and paved the way for the creation of Parliament. In 1776 American patriots, inspired by that long-ago defiance, dared to pick up arms against another English king and to demand even more far-reaching rights. We think of the Declaration of Independence as our founding document, but those who drafted it had their eye on the Magna Carta.--Adapted from book jacket.

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