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Magna Carta

<I>Royal letter promulgating the text of Magna Carta</I>

'Magna Carta' is one of the most famous of all documents, widely regarded as the corner-stone of liberty in the English-speaking world. It does not, however, contain any sweeping statements of principle; instead its text consists of a series of detailed concessions on legal procedure and feudal rights wrung from an unwilling King John (reigned 1199-1216) by his noble opponents in 1215. 'Magna Cart…