What is Magna Carta?

The Magna Carta was issued on 15 June, 1215 also called Magna Carta Libertatum or the Great Charter of the Liberties of England originally in Latin and translated into vernacular French as early as 1219 and later on it was modified by time to time. The 1215 charter required King John of England to proclaim certain liberties and accept that his will was not arbitrary. For example by explicitly accepting that no ‘freeman’ (non-serf) could be punished except through the law of the land, a right which is still in existence in England.

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