'The Cradle of our Liberties': Magna Carta in History and Myth

When Nov 03, 2021
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Zoom Link in Description
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-2247
Attendees Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Add event to calendar vCal

Andrew Rabin is Professor of English with research interests in the law and literature of early medieval England. Magna Carta, issued in 1215 by King John as a concession to his barons, is often cited as the source of many of the liberties we hold most deartrial by our peers, habeas corpus, and rule by the consent of the governed, to name a few. Yet many of those reading Magna Carta come away disappointed. The rhetoric is bland and legalisticnothing like the stirring cadences of the Declaration of Independence or the preamble to the Constitutionand many of the rights it is said to enshrine are mentioned only allusively if at all. This talk will examine the myth of Magna Carta and the real historical document behind it. In doing so, we will see what it really means to call Magna Carta ‘the cradle of our liberties.’

Wednesday, November 3, 6:00 PM

For questions, please, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu 

REGISTRATION: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZrMK0cFTT2O2WH7hIAvWMg

More information about this event…