The Magna Carta – ‘Great Charter’ is a document in Latin that brought about a new social and political order of rule and governance relationship between the king and his subjects in Great Britain//BY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
On 15th June 1215, 25 English barons and representatives of their rebel army met King John on the banks of the River Thames at Runnymede.
There, the King sealed the charter to restrict the abuse of his royal power. One of the 25 ‘rebel’ barons, Saer de Quincy, owned considerable land and properties in Leicester.
Why did the 13th century latin document still important today?
This piece of parchment is said to have laid the foundations of modern democracy and the individual freedoms we know and enjoy today. It therefore has great symbolic importance and 2019 marks 804th anniversary.
What is the link between the Magna Carta and the weights and measures?
Magna Carta has 63 clauses. Clause 35 relates to the standardisation of weights and measures throughout the land.
There is to be one measure of wine throughout our kingdom, and one measure of ale, and one measure of corn, namely the quarter of London, and one breadth of dyed, russet and haberget cloths, that is, two ells within the borders; and let weights be dealt with as with measures; Magna Carta, Clause 35