THAT MEN SHALL BE FREE: The Story of the Magna Carta by Clifford Lindsey Alderman

THAT MEN SHALL BE FREE: The Story of the Magna Carta

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KIRKUS REVIEW

That the importance of the Magna Carta rests in its implications as a guarantee of individual liberty is indicated in the opening description of James Otis' unsuccessful suit against the writs of assistance in which he brought out in court that the rights of the Colonists were insured by the Charter. The body of the book deals with the state of British justice during the rule of King John and the development of events which led up to the signing of the document at Runnymede. the important provisions are quoted intact and explained in terms of the Barons' demands. the concluding chapters deal with the evolution of the Charter up to its interpretation by Coke, and its impact upon the American Constitution. This detailed and excellent survey of medieval law and the importance of one of its major contributions for the present is hampered by the insertion of some poorly written dialogue to dramatize the events -- a factor which unfortunately detracts from the authenticity of the rest of the text. The annotated list of Suggested Further Readings includes scholarly works and law journals unlikely to be found in a school library.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1964
Publisher: Messner