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The Magna Carta was a major step in the evolution of democratic government It set a precedent for many other governmental constitutions to come Issued by King John on June 15th 1212 the Great Charter gave written recognition to the concept that the monarchs power should be limited instead of an absolute power Speilvogel p285 The document also guaranteed the freedom of the church and that the king could not intervene on baronial privileges The creation of the Magna Carta was spurred by series of numerous eventsThe Conflict with the barons began long before King John was in power Almost one century before his great grandfather King Henry I received a proposal similar to the Magna Carta Henry made no effort to reconcile with the barons The heavy taxation and the constant encroachments of royal justice aroused a rebellious feeling among the barons Catholic Encyclopedia By the time John claimed the throne in 1203 the hostilities had fortified King John didnt do anything to settle the barons aggression In fact he made situations worseDuring the early part of Johns reign the loss of the greater part of his French conquest discredited him and led to constant demands for money John continued to discredit his reign by refusing to accept the Popes political appointment and rapidly becoming a money hungry tyrant His political power as well as his popularity began to deteriorate Johns greed led him to demand more action in France and enforce a heavier tax on the barons Not tolerating anymore of the kings attempts to take away their freedoms the barons started their first rebellion in 1212 Magna Carter John was able to thwart them with ease this time but he wasnt able to hold them off for long In June 1215 John was reluctantly forced to deal with his rebellious barons also called the Army of God and Holy Church on the field of Runnymede Catholic Encyclopedia Seeing that he was backed
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