Magna Carta and the Common Law

John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198260301
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740640 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Magna Carta and the Common Law

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Earlier chapters considered many issues to which later periods would refer as ‘Constitutional Law’, for example the relationship of king to legislation. Others, such as the composition of the Council, were not discussed in legal terms before the thirteenth century. However, the end of King John's reign saw a crisis in which matters of royal powers and of law and justice came together, raising specific legal and judicial issues as well as the over-arching one of the king's standing in relation to the law. A settlement was sought through the writing down in Magna Carta of solutions that were to have legal force. This chapter discusses criticism of justice under the Angevin kings, the Magna Carta and the law, and common law.

Keywords: English law; justice; Magna Carta; common law; King John

Chapter.  11189 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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