August 5, 2014
Magna Carta Lecture to South Carolina Honors College
By Joel Collins Jr
Magna Carta, Latin for “Great Charter”, was the product of years of bitter confrontation and struggle among English King John, Pope Innocent III, the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton and 25 English Barons. This confrontation culminated in the historic pact agreed to on June 15, 1215 and sealed by King John at Runnymede, England. Magna Carta reshaped the relationship between the state and its citizens. It has been called the “Turning point in English history” and the “Bulwark of our liberties”. It is the bedrock of the concepts of freedom, justice and the rule of law. It is the cornerstone of the unwritten British Constitution. Magna Carta became the foundation of constitutions of various countries around the world, especially the Constitution of the United States of America in 1787.
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