Magna carta, common law values and the constitution



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10, but also said11:

"The history of Magna Carta is the history not only of a document but also of an argument. The history of the document is a history of repeated re-interpretation. But the history of the argument is a history of a continuous element of political thinking."
The argument is about two matters: the rights of subjects against authority and the principle that even a sovereign authority is subject to the law.

To the extent that the argument may be stated simply and broadly in that way, it was the legal issue at stake in the quarrels between the barons and King John, between the House of Commons and Charles I, and between the American colonists and George III leading up to the Declaration of Independence




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