Lincoln and the Magna Carta

Millie Thom


On June 15, 1215 – or 19th according to some sources – at a place called Runneymede (near Windsor) on the River Thames, King John of England reluctantly signed a treaty with the powerful barons of the realm. The document was a series of written promises that John would govern the country and deal with its people according to the customs of feudal law. In other words, the charter was an attempt by the barons to stop John from abusing his power and the people of England suffering as a consequence. The charter became known as the Magna Carta: Latin for the Great Charter. Here are a couple of artistic interpretations of the signing:

John,_Magna_Carta 19th century coloured wood engraving of king John signing the Magna Carta. Public Domain

800px-Link_John_Magna_Charta_by_Ernest_Normand Link John Magna Charta by Ernest Normand, 1900. Uploaded by william Avery. Public domain

By 1215, John had been king for 16…

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3 Responses to Lincoln and the Magna Carta

  1. milliethom says:

    Hi Roger. Thank you so much for the reblog. I can imagine there are lots of celebrations and activities going on in your area right now, especially at Runneymede. Lincoln Castle is suddenly more popular than ever, too. I’ll read some of your posts (mentioned above) as soon as I get a spare moment. It’s ceratinly a momentous year. Thank you again.

    • Roger Nield says:

      Well a lot of local celebrations were focussed on the 15th of June but I am continuing to follow Magna Carta. We were in Lincoln last summer and the castle was being renovated. We must return! I know that the US visitors who came via the 800th Committee had a fabulous time in Runnymede and Lincoln.

      Stay safe


      • milliethom says:

        It’s all so interesting … especially for history lovers like me – and you by the sounds of it, Roger. In Lincoln the celebrations are lingering because of the ‘barons’, who will be displayed until October – and because the Magna Carta and other charters are permanently on display in the castle. Newark Castle also joined in last week by hosting Regia Anglorum to do re-enactment about King John, who died in Newark castle. Thank you for sharing your info. about this – and, of course, for the reblog. Millie 🙂

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