Magna Carta: The Medieval Context and the Part Played by William Marshal – Gresham College

Posted January 20th, 2015 in judges, legal history, magna carta, news, speeches by sally

‘Modern understanding of Magna Carta has begun to mythologize the creation and signing of the charter. Lord Igor Judge, Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales places Magna Carta in its historical context as simply another Charter in an age when charters were “created like confetti”. As well as the byzantine politics and open warfare that led to the creation of Magna Carta, Lord Judge highlights the real hero of 1215, William Marshal, whose tireless campaigning and statecraft lead to the adoption of Magna Carta, ejected the French from British soil and secured the Plantagenet dynasty’s hold on the throne.’


Gresham College, 14th January 2015