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Why did English nobles demand the Magna Carta (what was its purpose)?



Asked by COLE on Sep 09, 2016

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T. Moore

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Answered on Dec 26, 2018

Sudden high taxes from England’s war with France by the King, King John without informing the nobles angered the nobles. The King also ordered the arrest of two of his nobles that refused to pay.

The Magna Carta remains one of the most important documents in history. The Magna Carta was an attempt by barons to stop the King from abusing his power with the people of England suffering.

The Archbishop and the rest of the nobles gathered a huge force of nobles together in Runnymede and they brought the King there, the King was made to sign the Magna Carta which stated that the rights of the nobles and what they could do to the king if he violated those rights.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 09, 2016

Sudden high taxes from englands war with france infuriated nobles. a group of rebellious barons armed for battle and forced king john to sign the magna carta. this document guaranteed certain rights for english nobility, the church, and to a lesser extent, the commoners. it prevented freemen from arbitrary arrest, imprisonment, and legal action without legal judgement. it also prevented new taxes being imposed without the great coucils consent. it gave nobles rights and later all people had the rights. it also forced the king to acknowledge the rights of the people, and he had to obey the law just like anyone else. this was the first time nobles exercised control over their monarch. they brought an end to the absolute monarchy in england.
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