Wednesday, June 15, 2011
In the history of legal writing, Magna Carta is, as its name suggests, a document of great significance. It memorializes an absolute monarch's agreement to share power with his barons, arguably the first step in a democratizing process that's brought us all the way to this year's Arab Spring.
Magna Carta was written in medieval Latin, but you can read one of the three generally-accepted English translations here, on the British Library's website. That site also provides more context and explanations here.