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Book Title: Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty|
The author of the book: Dan Jones
Date of issue: October 20th 2015
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets, a short, lively, action-packed history of how the Magna Carta came to be
The Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. But what was this strange document that dwells on tax relief and greater fishing rights, and how did it gain legendary status?
Dan Jones takes us back to 1215, the turbulent year when the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty between England’s King John and a group of self-interested, violent barons who were tired of his high taxes and endless foreign wars. The treaty would fail within two months of its confirmation.
But this important document marked the first time a king was forced to obey his own laws. Jones’s 1215 follows the story of the Magna Carta’s creation, its failure, and the war that subsequently engulfed England and is book that will appeal to fans of microhistories of pivotal years like 1066, 1491, and especially 1776—when American patriots, inspired by that long-ago defiance, dared to pick up arms against another English king.
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Read information about the authorDan Jones is a bestselling historian, TV presenter and award-winning journalist. His books include THE PLANTAGENETS, a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and THE HOLLOW CROWN, a Sunday Times bestseller, published in the USA as THE WARS OF THE ROSES. He has also written books about the Peasants’ Revolt and Magna Carta and a forthcoming social history of Plantagenet England, entitled REALM DIVIDED. He is now writing a book about the Knights Templar, due for publication in 2017.
Dan has presented several TV series including Secrets of Great British Castles (Channel 5) and Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets, which has been sold to more than 40 countries worldwide. He has also appeared on programmes for BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, Channel 4, Sky Atlantic as well as dozens of radio stations in the UK and USA.
Dan’s journalism appears on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a columnist for the London Evening Standard and also contributes to the Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Smithsonian, CNN, GQ, The Spectator, The New Statesman, BBC History Magazine, History Today, Tatler and the Literary Review. He lives in London.
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