MAGNA CARTA

Magna Carta: standing the test of time

Ed West explores the global, liberatory legacy of the great charter.

In June, it will be 800 years since King John gave his seal to Magna Carta. Neither he nor the rebel barons who demanded that he recognise their rights could have imagined the impact the document would have. It contained the seeds of the modern era: the idea that authority must sometimes be restrained in the name of individual freedom.

But today, that idea is fraying. How can we recover it, and keep it safe for another 800 years? Join the discussion!