June 15, 1215 – The Signing of the Magna Carta

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June 15, 1215 – The Signing of the Magna CartaRate this post For generations, the rule of law in England was a disorganized mess. Subject to local tradition far more than national statute, subjects within the kingdom were often tried in cruel and unusual ways based on the whims of the particular landowner on whose property the crime was committed. As late as the 12th century, a “trial” could be conducted “by immersing a bandaged hand into boiling water for some minutes.” In order to combat abuses by the monarchy and set up a uniform code, British nobles forced King John to guarantee a common set of rights while agreeing […]