I have just been reading a review of a book on the “Magna Carta” of 1215. This review is in the Guardian newspaper. It seems chapters 39 and 40 are part of the legislation of the UK in that they indicate the idea of legislation under the law and that the charter brought into being in 1225 under Henry 111 contains most of the specific ideals we are associate we the ideal of the Great Charter.(The title being in Latin which means Great Charter.) Of course the Charter was written similar to all such documents to maintain the rights of those in power which at that time were the Lords and Barons. But the idea persisted and even The Peasants Revolt in the rule of Richard 11 made some reference to the Magna Carta and so did those who debated democracy at Putney in the mid 17th century.

But did you realize that there is a Parliamentary Committee which is now formulating a new version-which will be a form of Constitution for the UK. And further still did you know that there is a competition for a Preamble to this document to which everyone can enter and submit their ideas on how the contents should be. The competition is on the Parliament UK website and one just writes a paragraph or two of about 300 words and submits it. All submissions are there on the website page. The closing date is this month, so if you want to submit please hurry and have a look.
I saw a copy of the Magna Carta in Lincoln Castle a decade ago. All the copies will be at an exhibition in regard to anniversary this year, of its writing,(800years)which will be held at the British Library.

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