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Fall 2017
Jan 20, 2018
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MVST 230 - Magna Carta: Govt & Politics
This seminar will explore the evolution and impact of the most famous document in all medieval history: the Magna Carta of 1215. A critical analysis of its Prologue and 63 chapters will answer some of the following questions: What political thesis does the Magna Carta represent? What socio-economic changes does the Magna Carta imply?
What picture comes out of this document of the church, the merchant classes, women, the nobility, the peasants, free and serf? What is the role of the royal forest? What were the contemporary political and financial concerns and grievances that led to its issue? What liberties does it establish? Why was the Magna Carta repealed and reissued? The seminar will conclude by showing the influence of the Magna Carta on English and American law in the evolution toward constitutional government and the rule of law.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Medieval Studies Department

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