Magna Carta: The words are Latin for Great Charter. It was drawn up in 1215 between King John of England and a group of English barons and other noblemen who would have liked to see John thrown off his throne. Today, the Magna Carta is famous as a stepping stone to constitutional government, but it didn’t start out as anything quite so. . . democratic. With colorful characters such as King John, King Richard I (“Lion Heart”), Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Pope Innocent III, the story of the Magna Carta is entertaining as well as educational.
Pivotal Moments in History series
Twenty-First Century Books/
Ages 12 up
“The clear explanation of the ‘Great Charter’s’ historical context accompanied by informative inserts and beautiful, relevant illustrations make this a book to dip into as well as to read through.”
—VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)