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February 26, 2013

Magna Carta History and Politics

A lecture to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Constitution 26th February 2013, Professor Nigel Saul

These days the process of reflecting on major events in the past turns to a large extent on the celebration of anniversaries.  In the last few years we have had the anniversaries of the abolition of slavery, the publication of Darwin’s, Origins of Species, of the King James Bible.   Next year, we will be hearing a lot about the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.  The anniversary with which I am concerned today is that of the making of Magna Carta eight hundred years ago in June 1215.  In 2010 an Anniversary Committee was established, under the chairmanship of Sir Robert Worcester, and we are already at work planning a series of lectures, exhibitions, broadcasts, pageants and other events to mark the occasion, these spread across the country and culminating, we hope, in a visit to Runnymede by HM the Queen, who has graciously agreed to be our Patron.

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