Did humanity make progress in how it ordered society from the time of the Roman Republic to the time of the Magna Carta?



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To no one will we sell, deny, or delay right or justice.

Summarize the Magna Carta laws in your own words:

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Do you see progress? Why or why not? Be sure to mention all four laws:

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PAYMENT OF DEBT

Rome: One who has confessed a debt, or against whom judgment has been pronounced, shall have thirty days to pay it in. After that forcible seizure of his person is allowed. The creditor shall bring him before the magistrate. Unless he pays the amount of the judgment or some one in the presence of the magistrate interferes in his behalf as protector the creditor so shall take him home and fasten him in stocks or fetters. He shall fasten him with not less than fifteen pounds of weight or, if he choose, with more. If the prisoner choose, he may furnish his own food. If he does not, the creditor must give him a pound of meal daily; if he choose he may give him more.

Magna Carta: Neither we nor our officials will seize any land or rent in payment of a debt, so long as the debtor has movable goods sufficient to discharge the debt. A debtor's sureties shall not be distrained upon so long as the debtor himself can discharge his debt. If, for lack of means, the debtor is unable to discharge his debt, his sureties shall be answerable for it. If they so desire, they may have the debtor's lands and rents until they have received satisfaction for the debt that they paid for him, unless the debtor can show that he has settled his obligations to them.

Summarize the law in your own words:

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Do you see progress? Why or why not? Be sure to mention all three laws:

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INHERITANCE

Rome: As a man has provided in his will in regard to his money and the care of his property, so let it be binding. If he has no heir and dies intestate, let the nearest agnate have the inheritance. If there is no agnate, let the members of his gens have the inheritance.

Magna Carta: If a free man dies intestate, his movable goods are to be distributed by his next-of-kin and friends, under the supervision of the Church. The rights of his debtors are to be preserved.

Summarize the Magna Carta law in your own words:

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Do you see progress? Why or why not? Be sure to mention both laws:

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WITNESSES

Rome: He whose witness has failed to appear may summon him by loud calls before his house every third day.

If one shall permit himself to be summoned as a witness, or has been a weigher, if he does not give his testimony, let him be noted as dishonest and incapable of acting again as witness.


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