Magna Carta -- The Great Charter

A Document that Changed History

June 15, 1215

Signed by King John of England


Complied/Written by Archbishop Stephen Langton and other Barons


Rationale/Function

To limit the power of the King of England

Creation of a limited monarchy

Beginning of constitutional government in England


Protected the Rights of the People

Why should we care?

Laid the foundation of America's Bill of Rights (First 10 Amendments of our Constitution)