In old English times, many people didn’t have the same rights as people of higher power, like the king. When punishments were being served, the rules were put down greatly and severely in front of the regular citizens.
However, people of higher power would receive lesser punishments or would have certain laws not effect them. In many eyes, the king was known almost as a god. When it came to the king, nothing could touch him, not even his own laws.
The Magna Charter, also known as the “Great Charter”, was issued on June 15, 1215 to challenge the monarchy’s authorities. This charter was the first of the series of documents that revolutionised the world and gave many people rights that were never given before.
The 1215 charter was made to be forced on King John of England by the feudal barons to limit the King’s power and protect the citizens from unjust laws and punishments. This charter was also made to give back the people their privileges and their rightful freedoms.
Later in the 13 th century, the charter was reissued and modified. Later in 1297, another version was made under the name “ The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, and of the Liberties of the Forest”.
Over the years, the Magma Carta has influenced great documents. Without the Magma Carta documents such as the Habeas Corpus Act, the Petition of Rights, the Bill of Rights, and the Act of Settlement would not be in place .
This document revolutionised how justice was brought fairly in society back then, and largely influenced how it is brought today. Without the Magma Charter we may still have in most cases the higher power being granted unfair justice.