History KS3 & KS4/GCSE: David Starkey's Magna Carta

Historian David Starkey looks at the origins of the Great Charter, created in 1215 to check the abuses of King John, and how it nearly died at birth.

He explores its subsequent deployment, its contribution to making everyone, even the monarch, subject to the rule of law.

This series is relevant for teaching KS3 and KS4/GCSE History in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 in Scotland.

Magna Carta and the Stuart kings: England in a century of crisis
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The Charter’s first century
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The Birth of Magna Carta
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Magna Carta: liberty and legacy
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