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January 23, 2013

Magna Carta: is it relevant today?

By Professor Nigel Saul, Royal Holloway University of London

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015 fast approaches, Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway University of London, takes a look at its relevance to us today.

The making of Magna Carta, which was signed just down the road from Royal Holloway, in Runnymede, was a turning point in English constitutional history. The Charter’s great achievement was to place the monarchy – the executive power – under the law.

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