Magna Carta & Bill of Rights

By: Yelsie Santiesteban

The Magna Carta

  • Magna Carta was created as a peace treaty between the king and the rebels.
  • Means ‘The Great Charter’, is one of the most important documents in history as it established the principle that everyone is subject to the law.
  • Main People: King John, The Barons, Pope Innocent III
  • It's important today because The Magna Carta is considered one of the first steps taken in England towards establishing parliamentary democracy.

English Bill of Rights

  • Anti-Federalists held that a bill of rights was necessary to safeguard individual liberty.
  • The Bill creates separation of powers, limits the powers of the king and queen, enhances the democratic election and bolsters freedom of speech.
  • Main People: James Madison
  • It is important today because it proclaimed fundamental liberties, including freedom of elections, freedom of debate in Parliament, and freedom from excessive bail and from cruel and unusual punishments.
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