On June 15, 1215, in the meadows of Runnymede just west of London, English nobles and clergy gathered to witness – and to compel – King John to place his seal on a document that enshrined the rights of the Church and of free men, and declared the sovereign to be subject to the rule of law. The name of this document was Magna Carta, the Great Charter of liberty.
In his passionate and entertaining style, Dr. John Robson tells the story of this seminal moment in the history of democracy, the protection of human freedom, and the independence of the Church.
Dr. Robson is a historian, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. Chief among his documentary titles is “Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty”, which is accompanied by a companion book of the same name.
0:00 - Introduction
3:00 - Magna Carta - a launchpad for 800 years of liberty
7:40 - Genesis of the Magna Carta
10:40 - Missionaries, stories of a dead Jewish carpenter and the conversion of Britain
12:45 - Resisting One-Man Rule
16:00 - The drama: Bad King John, Pope Innocent III and Archbishop Stephen Langton
19:35 - The shadow of St. Thomas Becket's assassination
22:20 - How can a prince be under the law?
25:20 - The commoners have their say
28:15 - The miracle of Magna Carta
30:15 - Freedom for the Church
32:20 - Freedom for all
38:40 - Magna Carta and the New World
45:20 - Carrying forward the legacy of Magna Carta
49:15 - Conclusion
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