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Talk: Wales and Magna Carta in 1215

Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in world history, was sealed 800 years ago in 1215. Professor David Carpenter explores the crucial role played by the Welsh rulers in the creation of the Great Charter.

Focussing on the rebellion against King John by Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales (later known as Llewelyn the Great) and his allies, it will examine the chapters in Magna Carta dealing with their grievances. Revealing that Magna Carta is a very much a British document, with important chapters about both Wales and Scotland.

English historian and writer, Professor Carpenter is a leading authority on the history of Britain in the central middle ages, and Professor of Medieval History at King's College London. He will draw on new discoveries to give an entirely fresh account of Magna Carta's text, origins, survival and enforcement, showing how it quickly gained a central place in British political life.

Presented in partnership with The National Assembly for Wales.


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