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Magna Carta did not emerge de novo in its fully fledged state in the late spring of 1215. The list of baronial demands, made on behalf of the kingdom as a whole, were born out of grievances that, in some cases, dated back more than a century. University of New Hampshire Professor of History David Bachrach discusses several key clauses of the Magna Carta as well as why this document was a touchstone for major political change.


These remarks were delivered as part of Symposium: An Evening Celebrating the Signing of the Magna Carta, an intellectual panel discussion held at UNH Law.