Ten Short Videos about the Magna Carta

Here are ten short videos that talk about the Magna Carta, including its history, impact, and 800th anniversary…

Magna Carta and the Emergence of Parliament

Find out how and why Magna Carta was sealed in 1215 and the important role it played in the story of the emergence of Parliament and the journey to UK democracy.


Treasures of the Bodleian: Magna Carta

An introduction to Magna Carta by Dr Hugh Doherty, British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow in Medieval History, University of Oxford.

Magna Carta, de Montfort and the emergence of Parliament

How did the events that took place in Westminster Abbey’s Chapter House in 1265 mark the emergence of our modern Parliament? Professor David Carpenter explains the connection between Magna Carta, Simon de Montfort and how this laid the foundations of our modern Parliament.


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How did medieval kings share power with their barons? The story of King John reveals the answer.

The Magna Carta – The First Civil Liberties Charter

The historical account civil rights in Britain using prints, animated sequences, and re-enactment. The Magna Carta (Latin for Great Charter) aka the Magna Carta Libertatum or The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, is an Angevin charter originally issued in Latin in the year 1215.

The Magna Carta, father of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Story about the sale of the only copy of the Magna Carta that exists in the United States. Formerly owned by Ross Perot, David Rubenstein won the 2007 Sothebys auction, and donated the item to the National Archives.

An Introduction to Magna Carta with Professor Nigel Saul

In this interview Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway, University of London, explains the history behind Magna Carta, the crisis that led to its sealing at Runnymede and its immediate aftermath.


800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary committee, explains the lasting relevance of the ‘Great Charter’ in the 21st century.

Magna Carta celebrated in US schools

Magna Carta in US schools – an unforgettable experience. Students getting up close with this 800 year old document that shaped democracy and human rights on both sides of the Atlantic.

Guarding the Magna Carta

Guarding the Magna Carta from Len Miller on Vimeo.

Looking at the security systems to protect the copy of Magna Carta kept at St.Alban’s Cathedral.


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