The 15th June was the official date for the signing of The Magna Carta, The Great Charter by King John, in 1215. It was essentially a peace treaty between the King and his Barons and the administration of justice, fairness and the rule of law.
Z O O M forward 800 years, 15th June 2015 & whilst in the process this charter of the land has seen Revival and Survival, English Liberties, Colonies and Revolutions, Radicalism and Reform, Empire and After, and The Modern Age.
After the English language it is Britain’s greatest export, inspiring the drafters of documents such as the U.S Declaration of Independence (1776) and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).
From Bad King John to Good Queen Liz, the legacy of Magna Carta weaves its way into upholding Law, Liberty and Justice; unfortunately for many people and nations today the fight for freedom and dignity continues to be a great struggle.
Let’s end in a staggeringly defiant mood, for the sake of all those who suffer under tyranny, by quoting from W.E.Henley’s poem ‘Invictus’ (Invincible/ Unconquered) which was written after the amputation of his leg and has emotionally inspired leaders Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela.
A 19th century poem, for the soul, can be as powerful as a 13th century document to the system, and accessible to all nations:-
‘Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank what gods may be
For my inconquerable soul…’