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This is where it could have begun – but did it? Women and The Magna Carta A Treaty For Control or Freedom



9781137562340.inddJocelynne A. Scutt




Excerpts from the Introduction and Chapter 1 Women and The Magna Carta : A Treaty  for Control or Freedom

Part 1

Magna Carta Initiated

Magna Carta is generally seen as a statement of rights. A treaty between king and barons, its provisions are often claimed to extend rights and freedoms to ‘ordinary’ British subjects. In 1215 when it was signed at Runnymede the barons had no concept of ‘equal rights for all’; there was no desire to include the masses. The barons’ intentions were twofold. Magna Carta was designed to curb King …