See on this subject the Historical Essay on the Magna
Charta of King John, (a most beautiful volume), by Richard Thomson.
With all England he knew the utter contempt in which Henry held the terms of the Magna
Charta which he so often violated along with his kingly oath to maintain it.
Elinor smiled again, to hear her sister describing so accurately their future expenses at Combe Magna
The history of this branch of the English Constitution, anterior to the date of Magna
Charta, is too obscure to yield instruction.
Howsoever he noteth it right, that seditious tumults, and seditious fames, differ no more but as brother and sister, masculine and feminine; especially if it come to that, that the best actions of a state, and the most plausible, and which ought to give greatest contentment, are taken in ill sense, and traduced: for that shows the envy great, as Tacitus saith; conflata magna
invidia, seu bene seu male gesta premunt.
Perhaps he sat quietly writing it in his cell when the angry barons were forcing King John to sign the Magna
They made him out to be the Royal arms, the Union-Jack, Magna
Charta, John Bull, Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights, An Englishman's house is his castle, Church and State, and God save the Queen, all put together.
The struggle was for chartered rights--for English liberties--for the cause of Algernon Sidney and John Hampden--for trial by jury- -the Habeas Corpus and Magna
Such was MAGNA
CHARTA, obtained by the barons, sword in hand, from King John.
We had originally intended to go on to Magna
Charta Island, a sweetly pretty part of the river, where it winds through a soft, green valley, and to camp in one of the many picturesque inlets to be found round that tiny shore.
On Mount Sainte-Geneviève a sort of Job of the Middle Ages, for the space of thirty years, chanted the seven penitential psalms on a dunghill at the bottom of a cistern, beginning anew when he had finished, singing loudest at night, magna
voce per umbras , and to-day, the antiquary fancies that he hears his voice as he enters the Rue du Puits-qui-parle--the street of the "Speaking Well."
est veritas sed rara , which means in the Latin tongue that archers are all honorable men.