The Magna Carta itself is around 3,350 words long (all in latin) and lays down a basic rule of law and human rights – i.e. that everyone has the right to a free and fair trial.
It decrees: ‘No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned, or diseised [dispossessed], or outlawed, or exiled, or in any way destroyed, nor will we go against him, nor will we send against him, save by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land.’ . . .
The document was signed in a meadow in Runnymede on 15 June 1215 somewhere near the River Thames. The then Archbishop of Canterbury is believed to have drafted the words.
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