I was interviewed by Christopher Moore at Canada’s History Magazine about King John, Magna Carta and my new book Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights. I explained how King John’s failings as a monarch from his military defeats to his arbitrary rule brought together a broad coalition of rebel barons, clergymen and the rulers of Wales and Scotland in support of a Charter that placed limits on the monarch’s power. The interview is part of a longer article about the forthcoming Magna Carta Canada 2015 touring exhibition, which will bring Magna Carta and its Companion document, the Charter of the Forest to Canada for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. I also contributed the “Magna Carta by the Numbers” section of this article.
Click here to read: “The Great Charter: Why a thirteenth-century piece of parchment endorsed by an English king who was under threat of death has meaning for Canadians today.” in Canada’s History Magazine