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 Magna Carta and the Church of England


On Monday 8 June, Nigel Saul, Professor of Medieval History, joined the Bishop of Guildford, the Right Reverend Andrew Watson to discuss the role the Church of England played in the sealing of Magna Carta 800 years ago.

One area of focus was how the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton, led the struggle against King John, which led to Magna Carta in 1215.

There hasn't been much research or comment on the link between the Church of England and Magna Carta in the run-up to the 800th anniversary, giving this discussion a level of exclusivity.

The Magna Carta garden


The Royal Holloway gardening team’s interpretation of Magna Carta was inspired by the Runnymede meadows and apothecary gardens of 1215. Phil Clements and Jo Roberts from the gardening team explain all.

Water meadows

At the front is the water meadow mixture including meadow rue (Thalictrum flavum), soft rush (Juncus effuses) and tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)

Physic gardens

Gardens in the middle-ages were often enclosed with a wattle fence and featured raised beds to prevent plants from becoming waterlogged. The plants below were all chosen for their supposed medicinal qualities in the middle ages.

Pot marigold or calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Borage (Borago officinalis)

Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)


The apple tree (Malus domestica) was an essential part of the orchards of the time, providing fruit for the kitchen and for brewing cider.


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