Teresa Neumann : Jun 22, 2015 : Bill Muehlenberg – Barbwire

“The Church… was central to the production, preservation and proclamation of the Magna Carta. The cathedrals were like a beacon from which the light of the charter shone round the country, thus beginning the process by which it became central to national life.” –David Carpenter

(United Kingdom)—As the world celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta—the historic British document that provided a modern foundation for freedom and instigated the West’s long march toward democracy—news from the world of science and archaeology has turned academics on their heads. (Photo via Barbwire.com)

A report in The Medievalists, noted that the question of who all were involved with the document has been “a conundrum that has puzzled scholars for centuries” but now has been discovered.

Originally, it was assumed that the equal-rights document approved on June 15, 2015, by King John was an entirely secular venture.

But David Carpenter, a King’s College Professor of Medieval History has called the new revelations “exciting discoveries and said, “We now know that three of the four surviving originals of the Charter went to cathedrals—Lincoln, Salisbury and Canterbury. Probably cathedrals were the destination for the great majority of the other original charters issued in 1215.

“This overturns the old view that the charters were sent to the sheriffs in charge of the counties. That would have been fatal since the sheriffs were the very people under attack in the charter. They would have quickly consigned the Magna Carta to their castle furnaces.

“The Church, therefore, was central to the production, preservation and proclamation of the Magna Carta. The cathedrals were like a beacon from which the light of the charter shone round the country, thus beginning the process by which it became central to national life.”

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1 Response to “Academic World Rocked by Discovery: The Free World Owes the Church for the Great Magna Carta”

  1. 1 Philip

    The wry wit of JK Jerome – THREE MEN IN A BOAT (published perhaps a century ago)- and the progress of liberty and equity, by the grace of God and the action of godly and courageous people throughout history.

    The sun had got more powerful by the time we had finished breakfast, and the wind had dropped, and it was as lovely a morning as one could desire. Little was in sight to remind us of the nineteenth century; and, as we looked out upon the river in the morning sunlight, we could almost fancy that the centuries between us and that ever-to-be famous June morning of 1215 had been drawn aside, and that we, English yeomen’s sons in home-spun cloth, with dirk at belt, were waiting there to witness the writing of that stupendous page of history, the meaning whereof was to be translated to the common people some four hundred and odd years later by one, Oliver Cromwell, who had deeply studied it.

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