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Magna Carta: Icon and Myth

Magna Carta: Icon and Myth

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  • Date 29 May 2024
  • Time 6.15pm
  • Category Lecture

Magna Carta: Icon and Myth

Founder's Lecture Theatre

Professor Nigel Saul

Ranging widely over the centuries, the lecture will trace how the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century emphasis on the Charter as the foundation of the rule of law gave way in the twentieth to an emphasis instead on human rights: a consequence both of the internationalisation of the Charter and the increasing brutality of twentieth-century warfare. The lecture will be of interest to those with an interest in history, politics and law.

Professor Nigel Saul is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History and former Head of the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is best known for his work on Richard II, and was a member of the Magna Carta 800 national organising committee.

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19th-century recreation of King John 'signing' the Magna Carta, James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892)

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