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Common Rights and Natural Resources: The 1217 Charter of the Forest in Historical Perspective

Common Rights and Natural Resources: The 1217 Charter of the Forest in Historical Perspective

Lecture given by Christian Liddy

Held at the Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle, on April 29, 2017

It is the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest in 1217. From 1217, reissues of Magna Carta were accompanied by the Forest Charter. Up to this point, the crown had enjoyed exclusive rights over large parts of England. The Forest Charter re-established wider access for hunting, grazing, and fuel. This lecture uses the Forest Charter as a starting point to think about conflicts over access to common land in a long historical perspective.

To learn more about Christian Liddy, visit his webpage at the University of Durham.

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