History KS3 & KS4/GCSE: The Charter’s first century

The barons did not trust the King to keep to his agreement at Runnymede, and attempted to set up a new parliament in order to keep John in check.

However, John’s wriggling and the Pope’s opposition meant that the charter effectively died away within 2 years of being signed.

John’s unexpected death in 1218 and the accession of his son Henry III saw the return of peace and stability to the realm.

Henry reissued the Magna Carta in 1225 in return for taxation from his barons.

It continued to be reissued throughout the next century, and the principle of linking taxation to observance of rights was firmly established and led to the creation of the modern day parliament and judicial system.

This clip is from the series David Starkey's Magna Carta.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could use the clip as an introduction to a lesson focusing on the birth of parliament.

They could later use the material in the clip when having to explain the origins of the modern day parliament.

Curriculum Notes

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

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and SQA in Scotland.

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The Birth of Magna Carta
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