- Problems Barons had with King John
- He lost Normandy
- Made them pay taxes for wars John lost
Up the River Thames 20 miles from London lies Runnymede, where King John in 1215 fixed his seal to a strip of parchment that Winston Churchill later called "the most famous milestone of our rights and freedom." That document was Magna Carta (Great Charter).
The Magna Carta was the first document imposed upon a King of England by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights.
The Magna Carta was important because guaranteed the people certain rights, and bound the king to certain laws. It also begins the idea of parliament