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The Magna Carta Chronicle is the official young person’s guide to this year’s 800th anniversary commemorations. The Chronicle includes more than 45 tabloid newspaper stories so that the events of 800 years read as if they happened yesterday – making them easy and fun for anyone of any age to read.

A two metre long fold-out timeline charts nearly 100 moments from the laws of Hammurabi to the terrible experience of Malala Yousafzai after her attempted assassination by terrorists simply for daring to go to school.

A souvenir facsimile copy of the 1215 edition of Magna Carta, now housed at Salisbury Cathedral, has been reproduced on the back of the Magna Carta Chronicle timeline so that schools can hang up it up on classroom walls. It comes with simple annotations that explain the key clauses in the document that are the foundation stones of liberty and the rule of law throughout many parts of the world today.

A further 50 copies of the Chronicle were prizes on a social media quiz from 22nd April – follow @MagnaCarta800th on Twitter for more details.

Click here to read the story of the Magna Carta Chronicle & Magna Carta 800th – from development to completion in just four months.

Click here to purchase the Chronicle online.

Magna Carta Chronicle App

The Magna Carta Chronicle app contains a fully detailed copy of the timeline as well as more than 40 newspaper articles detailing key moments over the last 800 years that have led to the kinds of freedoms we benefit from today. You can explore the content by touching, dragging, pinching and zooming. You can flip to the textual information on the back and read it like a book or browse around the illustrations on the front following any of the many threads which make up the web of Magna Carta history. This interactive app is ideal for use in classrooms, touchscreens or whiteboards or for individuals of any age to explore on their tablets and iPhones.

To test your knowledge of all this history we have also included a “one minute challenge” Touch the “quiz” button on the toolbar along the bottom of the screen to try the quiz.

App page – Apple.
App page – Android.
Words by Christopher Lloyd, illustrations by Andy Forshaw, Programming by Stephen Howell.

Android version coming soon!

The Magna Carta Chronicle was sent to every UK primary school

On 21st April, we announced that every state primary school in Britain will receive a copy of The Magna Carta Chronicle. The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee believes it is vital that we help teachers and pupils learn about the Great Charter as part of the ongoing narrative of human rights and personal liberties.

21,000 primary schools received a copy. This was widely covered by international news – read the stories here:

Magna Carta News – the Magna Carta Chronicle.

BBC News: A Copy of Magna Carta for every UK primary school.

Magna Carta Chronicle Social Media Quiz


Starting on 22nd April, the official Twitter and Facebook accounts of the international Magna Carta Commemoration, @MagnaCarta800th, and Magna Carta 800th Anniversary, asked one question a day from The Magna Carta Chronicle’s timeline quiz. Questions asked featured a key moment in the history of Liberty, and were added to this page.

Winners received a free copy of The Magna Carta Chronicle.













About Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd has written numerous books on world history including the best-selling What on Earth Happened? The Complete Guide to Planet, Life and People from the Big Bang to the Present Day (Bloomsbury 2008), now translated into 15 languages worldwide. In 2010 he established the publishing house What on Earth Publishing, specialists in art of telling stories through timelines, with illustrator Andy Forshaw. They have since created a series of timeline titles covering Big History, Nature, Sport, Science and Shakespeare in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Christopher lectures all over the world in museums, schools and festivals connecting the curriculum together to create a more holistic view of knowledge. For more details visit www.whatonearthbooks.com or contact [email protected]

Previous Questions

Correct answers highlighted in bold.

Q1: Which ancient ruler was responsible for creating the oldest surviving legal code?

a) Alexander the Great
b) Nebuchadnezzar
c) Cyrus the Great
d) Hammurabi

Congratulations Amber!

Q2: The Cyrus Cylinder was discovered in the ruins of which ancient city?

a) Babylon
b) Troy
c) Persepolis
d) Aleppo

Congratulations, Lottie!

Q3: Which Roman General finally defeated the army of rebel slave leader Spartacus?

a) Caesar
b) Crassus
c) Pompey
d) Cicero

Congratulations, Karon!

Q4: Which Anglo-Saxon King created England’s first codified set of laws?

a) Aethelred
b) Aethelberht
c) Aethelstan
d) Eggnog

Congratulations, Guy!

Q5: How many barons were charged with overseeing that Magna Carta was adhered to by the King?
a) 10
b) 12
c) 20
d) 25

Congratulations, Dan!

Q6: Which of the following cities was NOT sent a copy of Magna Carta?

a) Durham
b) Salisbury
c) Hereford
d) Milton keynes

Congratulations, Zara!

Q7: In 1264 Simon de Montfort captured King Henry III at the Battle of … :

a) Evesham
b) Lewes
c) Bosworth Field
d) Blenheim

Congratulations, Steve!

Q8: Which creatures spread the Black Death to humans in Europe – and devastated the continen?
a) Mice
b) Bats
c) Squirrels
d) Fleas

COngratulations, Melissa!

Q9: Sumptuary laws are designed to do what?

a) Determine the quality of cloth worn by peasants
b) Promote the sale of exclusive fabrics
c) Help prevent the spread of TB
d) Encourage people to improve their maths

Congratulations, Tom!

Q10: Which preacher stirred up peasants into revolt alongside Wat Tyler in 1381?

a) John Smith
b) John Ball
c) John Brown
d) John Best

Congratulations, Steph!

Q11: In Shakespeare’s play Henry VI Part 2, a peasant leader Jack Cade and his cohorts agree that the first thing they will do during their rebellion is … ?

a) Go to the pub
b) Kill all the lawyers
c) Burn London Bridge
d) Pay penance

Congratulations, Marsha!

Q12: Which of the following machines inspired Johannes Gutenberg when he was making his first moveable – type printing press?

a) A flower press
b) A wine press
c) An olive press
d) A trouser press

Q13: In which European city did William Caxton first witness Gutenberg’s moveable – type printing press?
a) Cologne
b) Mainz
c) Frankfurt
d) Birmingham

Congratulations, Helen!

Q14: The list of books, first issued in 1559, forbidden by the Catholic Church was known as the … ?
a) Index Expurgatorius
b) Index Periculum
c) Index Mortis
d) Index Finger

Congratulations, Meryl!

Q15: French King Henry IV issued a famous edict granting religious toleration – from which French city?

a) Nantes
b) Narbonne
c) Nimes
d) Nice

Q16: Which English King gave his royal assent to the Act known as Habeas Corpus?

a) Charles I
b) Charles II
c) James II
d) George I

Q17: Losing which battle forced King James II to flee to France?

a) Boyne
b) Bosworth Field
c) Blenheim
d) Britain

Q18: Which country was the first to pass a Bill of Rights in 1689?
a) England
b) France
c) United States
d) Russia

Q19: Russian monarch Peter the Great issued a tax on which of the following?

a) Beards
b) Pets
c) Fur
d) Cheese

Q20: Laura Bassi, Europe’s first female professor, was offered a post at which European university?

a) Oxford
b) Rome
c) Birmingham
d) Bologna

Q21: American colonists who protested against paying taxes to Britain in an event known as the Boston Tea Party were disguised as … ?
a) Clowns
b) Native Americans
c) Cowboys
d) Porters

Q22: When the 13 American colonies declared their independence from Britain they outlined the right of all men to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of ….’ ?
a) Wealth
b) Happiness
c) Freedom
d) Love

Q23: Where did members of the Third Estate (the common people) meet after being barred from an audience with the French King in 1789?

a) Under the Arc de Triomphe
b) Inside Notre Dame
c) Along the Champs – Elysees
d) On a tennis court

Q24: Which freedom fighter is sometimes known as ‘El Libertador’?

a) Simón Bolívar
b) William Wilberforce
c) Jean – Jacques Dessalines
d) Spartacus

Q25: In 1822, Bill Burns was fined for being cruel to a … ?
a) Slave
b) Child
c) Woman
d) Donkey

Q26: Which evil was once described as “bloody traffic”?

a) the ivory trade
b) the trade in slaves
c) Internment without trial
d) Driving on the M25

Q27: In what year was the trade and transport of slaves banned in Britain?

a) 1807
b) 1812
c) 1822
d) 1833

Q28: The Education Act of 1870 was championed by which political party?

a) Liberal
b) Labour
c) Conservative
d) Monster Raving Loony

Q29: Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated what in 1886 in New York City?
a) The opening of the New York subway
b) The completion of the world’s tallest skyscraper
c) The unveiling of the Statue of Liberty
d) The first ‘freedom’ bagel

Q30: What is the motto for the General Federation of Trade Unions?
a) Unity is strength
b) Strength in numbers
c) Workers unite
d) If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

Q31: Which famous politician was instrumental in helping pass the Parliament Act of 1911, making the house of Commons the supreme law – making body in the UK?

a) David Lloyd George
b) Margaret Thatcher
c) William Pitt
d) Winston Churchill

Q32: Whilst campaigning for women’s right to vote suffragette Emily Davison was killed by …?

a) A car
b) A train
c) A bicycle
d) A horse

Q33: What were the initials of Lawrence of Arabia?

a) T.E
b) T.S
c) D.H
d) K.V

Q34: Which of the following amendments to the US Constitution gave women the right to vote?

a) 5th
b) 11th
c) 14th
d) 19th

Q35: Who was the first female MP to take a seat in the House of Commons?
a) Emmeline Pankhurst
b) Nancy Astor
c) Constance Markievicz
d) Beatrix Potter

Q36: Which US President’s State of the Union address outlined four basic human freedoms: Speech, Religion, Want, and Fear?

a) Eisenhower
b) Kennedy
c) Hoover
d) Roosevelt

Q37: Which of the following countries abstained from voting in favour of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
a) United States of America
b) France
c) Greece
d) Saudi Arabia

Q38: In 1955 Rosa Parks, a seamstress from Alabama, USA, was arrested for?
a) Driving the wrong way down a one – way street.
b) Sewing the wrong buttons on the President’s jacket.
c) Protesting against a ban on women drivers.
d) Refusing to give up her seat on a bus.

Q39: US civil rights leader Martin Luther King made his most famous speech in 1963, immortalised with the words … ?
a) I have a vision
b) I have a dream
c) I have an idea
d) I have a plan

Q40: Computing genius Alan Turing took his life after receiving … ?
a) A Nobel Peace Prize
b) A knighthood
c) Hormone therapy
d) A Sinclair ZX81

Q41: Which famous politician described the divide between Eastern and Western Europe as an Iron Curtain?

a) Winston Churchill
b) Enoch Powell
c) John F. Kennedy
d) Margaret Thatcher

Q42: People who took chipped – off parts of the Berlin Wall to keep as souvenirs were known as … ?
a) Chipolatas
b) Blockheads
c) Wallies
d) Wall Woodpeckers

Q43: The Church of England’s Parliament is known as … ?
a) General Election
b) General Synod
c) General Consensus
d) General knowledge

Q44: Who was the Archbishop of Canterbury when the Church of England first allowed the ordination of women?
a) Robert Runcie
b) Rowan Williams
c) George Carey
d) George Clooney

Q45: How many years did Nelson Mandela spend in prison?
a) 13
b) 17
c) 22
d) 27

Q46: The European Court of Human Rights is based in which city?
a) Strasbourg
b) Brussels
c) The Hague
d) Geneva

Q47: Fruit and vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the government of which country?
a) Syria
b) Egypt
c) Saudi Arabia
d) Tunisia

Q48: Sir Tim Berners – Lee invented what?
a) The iPhone
b) The World Wide Web
c) Facebook
d) Worcestershire Sauce

Q49: What percentage of the Scottish electorate turned out to vote in the 2014 independence referendum?
a) 35%
b) 65%
c) 85%
d) 97%

Q50: How old was Malala Yousafzai when she won the Nobel Peace Prize?
a) 14
b) 16
c) 17
d) 19

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