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St Albans Cathedral / Events / Wed 01 Jul 2020

The World of Magna Carta and 'Bad' King John

The World of Magna Carta and 'Bad' King John

In 1213 a group of nobles and clergy met in St Albans to discuss their grievances against 'Bad' King John. This meting would shape one of the most important documents in English history: Magna Carta.
Magna Carta was written to curb the excesses of a tyrannical king in a time of military disaster overseas and rebellion at home. Yet 800 years later this medieval charter still holds potent power as a symbol of civil liberties. So how, in an age of mighty medieval monarchs, did Magna Carta come into being? Join historian and author Lauren Johnson as she explores the creation, mutation and survival of this totemic text.

Tutor: Lauren Johnson, Historian & Writer

Price: £10 (students £6)

Venue: Online via Zoom.

Date and time: Wednesday 1 July, 7.30-9pm. Participants may join the talk from 7pm.

As this talk will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a computer/laptop/tablet/phone which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids.

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Event Location


Online via Zoom

Telephone: 01727 890 205

Event Details


Literature, Online