IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1123: 13th-Century England, II: Magna Carta Rediscovered

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Sophie Ambler, School of History, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Power, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 1123-aThe Forgotten Beneficiaries of 1215: Women, Children, and the Family
(Language: English)
Louise J. Wilkinson, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1123-bThe Mystery of the 1217 Magna Carta
(Language: English)
David Carpenter, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1123-cThe Witnesses to Magna Carta
(Language: English)
Sophie Ambler, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

2015 will mark the 800th anniversary of the endorsement of Magna Carta by King John. Although the Charter is an iconic document, there is still much to be discovered about its text, context, and subsequent history. The Magna Carta Project, a major collaborative endeavour funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is tasked with shedding new light on the Charter in preparation for its 800th anniversary, providing new commentaries that reveal the background to the Charter’s 60-odd clauses and the impact of these demands on 13th-century society, as well as tracing the dissemination and reception of the various issues of Magna Carta. In this session, three members of the project team will present some of the discoveries made in the course of this research.