Importance Of Magna Carta

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“To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice” (Clause 40). The word Magna Carta is medieval Latin for “great charter”. The magna carta established a rule of law, limited power of the government, and guaranteed rights to individuals. The magna carta was a charter that established a rule of laws. Clause one for example granted liberties to the catholic church. "First, that we have granted to God, and by this present charter have confirmed for us and our heirs in perpetuity, that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired” (clause 1). In this quote the king grants the church freedom and liberties. In clause twenty-seven the church is also granted the right to supervise the goods of dead men until they are distributed. This may not grant the church much power, but this eliminated the states power over the personal matter. Another law is clause sixty two which pardoned all men who rebelled against him. This is important because lots of people like clergy and barons were part of the rebellion, so this made sure that they weren’t in danger. “For a trivial offence, a free man shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of his offence, and for a serious offence correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive him of his livelihood” (clause 20). This clause states that any offence will be punished in a proportional punishment. This is important because its makes sure that citizens will
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