How is the Magna Carta the predecessor to constitutional law?

We recently went over essays in my world history class and as a result I must write a 5-paragraph-minimum essay on why the Magna Carta is the predecessor to constitutional rights. I’m not asking for an essay but ideas, I’ve been trying to write it and end up repeating the same things over and over.

I know that the Constitution protects rights and limits authority, but I need to include how it does that and how it relates to the Magna Carta. Truthfully, I am fifteen, and I’m not looking for someone to do my essay. I just need some info in Layman’s terms.

Thank you in advance.

http://www.bl.uk/treasures/magnacarta/translation.html

If I were you I would use this link, being it is a UK site and it list the articles of the Magna Carta. This way you can compare the two documents.

But whatever you do NOT take the advice of Starry there…the Magna Carta had nothing to do with the people coming over to the new land. The Magna Carter was written in 1215 and it was a document that major land holding nobles more or less forced King John to sign, to control some of John’s control of things.

Hope this helps

Post Author: mark

5 thoughts on “How is the Magna Carta the predecessor to constitutional law?

    Jay C

    (February 13, 2010 - 10:28 am)

    starryeyed

    (February 13, 2010 - 10:59 am)

    Thank you for writing your question in a very understandable format (with proper grammar, punct, etc.) I’m sure whatever you write will be a pleasure for your teacher.
    As to the details, I am very unclear. The only thing I remember was from the fifth grade class just subbed for…and apparently this was written because the first agreement that was in place was only valid upon arrival in Massachusetts. Being that the ship ended up in Virginia, they needed a new hurry-scurry law-making device, and this was it.
    The major point I got out of it was that the travelers need rules from the moment they set sail. There were no apron strings for England, etc., upon the waters. Without either the original agreement (name?) of the Magna Carta, they would technically all have bene savages, allowed to act upon savage desires and principles.
    Good luck- I really just wanted to encourage your writing style.
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    wicked_crystal_rose

    (February 13, 2010 - 11:05 am)

    http://www.bl.uk/treasures/magnacarta/translation.html

    If I were you I would use this link, being it is a UK site and it list the articles of the Magna Carta. This way you can compare the two documents.

    But whatever you do NOT take the advice of Starry there…the Magna Carta had nothing to do with the people coming over to the new land. The Magna Carter was written in 1215 and it was a document that major land holding nobles more or less forced King John to sign, to control some of John’s control of things.

    Hope this helps
    References :

    Mark D

    (February 13, 2010 - 11:27 am)

    Look for ideas in the Magna Carta such as the accused’s presumption of innocence and the burden of proof on the prosecutor. Look for the defendant’s right to cross-examine and to get witnesses on their behalf.
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    Gerry S

    (February 13, 2010 - 11:52 am)

    Good question. The Magna Carta or ‘ Great Contract ‘, forced a sitting king to recognize an elected assembly as a body he would have to address when they presented him with issues and petitions. It was probably the first document to ever do this.
    The U.S. has a Congress with that concept in mind. That Congress has led America for most of it’s history.
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