June 15 marked the 8ooth anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. It arose out a dispute between English barons and the reigning monarch King John. The first draft of the charter was done by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the document contained provisions related to church rights, access to justice for the barons and protection from illegal imprisonment, and limitations on payments demanded by the Crown.
The Magna Carta didn’t do a ton for commoners, but the document is generally regarded as one of the first steps on the road to the expansion of civil rights in Western society and the whittling away of the absolutist powers traditionally exercised by monarchs.
Tonight, University of Toronto historian and author Carolyn Harris (pictured) is giving a talk at the University of Regina on the topic Magna Carta & the Making of the Modern World. The talk is being held at room 610 of the university’s main library at 7 p.m.
For more information visit the U of R website.