The Myth of Magna Carta

In advance of our guest posts tomorrow marking the 800th anniversary of Runnymede, I wanted to note Jill Lepore’s excellent article in this week’s New Yorker on Magna Carta.

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2 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Interesting. An article by Justice Stevens is also cited & he in passing cites the antebellum case Withers v. Buckley, which has an interesting discussion of the ratification of the first ten amendments. It is in effect a reprise of Barron v. Baltimore and written by Justice Daniel.

  2. Ronan says:

    Justice Sumption of the UK Supreme Court recently delivered a speech on this “myth of the Magna Carta” theme. It’s available here:

    https://www.supremecourt.uk/docs/speech-150309.pdf