Importance The Magna Carta was a charter signed in 1215 that challenged the monarch King John’s authority. It is viewed as one of the most important documents in the history of democracy. It gave people the right to due process which led to the trial by jury.
The Church The Magna Carta gave the church powers such as freedom from royal interference in the case of electing bishops. Made the church free from interference by the King in any way. Made churches more independent.
The Barons The Magna Carta was created by Archbishop Steven Langton and powerful barons throughout England. The barons fought for the freedom for many years and eventually took over England in May 1215. They forced King John to sign the document at Runnymede castle on June 10, 1215.
Effects on the King The Magna Carta ensured that the King could no longer imprison people without a just cause. It also gave basic rights and laws to the people which in turn gave them more power and say in England.
Effects on the FeudalSystem The Magna Carta strengthened the feudal system by taking most of the power away from the King and giving it to the people. No unfair taxes could be imposed anymore on lower classes.
Effects on Democracy The principles in the Magna Carta set up the base of democracy in many ways. Many of the laws and policies included in the Magna Carta are in our Constitution along with The Charter in modern day England. The Bill of Rights is the closest comparison to the Magna Carta as it created basic rights.
Works Cited http://www.wikipedia.org http://www.archives.gov