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Turmoil abroad permeated throughout the course of King Johns reign of power Constantly John ordered the fighting of unsuccessful wars which left a huge debt in the royal pocket In a response to finance these unnecessary undertakings he charged excessively for royal justice sold church offices levied heavy aids and abused the feudal incidents of wardship marriage and escheat He even went as far to appoint advisors outside of the traditional baronial ranks Finally one day the barons suffered through enough and decided to take a course of action In 1215 the king was forced into parleys with the barons at Runnymede On June 15 King John affixed his seal to the preliminary draft of what would become one of the greatest documents in history the Magna Carta The document eventually stated that the constitution was above the king The Magna Carta greatly contributed to and provided for the American form of government present today Some of the main events leading to the American Revolution were directly caused by the information contained within the Magna Carta The obvious cause came from the idea that when a government does not protect the people a change must occur Both in England and the thirteen colonies a group of people banded together in attempt to change the government The not so obvious cause can be found in the idea of no taxation without representation In the seventeenth century Sir Edward Coke reinterpreted the information contained in the Magna Carta He interpreted the document as stating no taxation without the consent of baronage Within this statement the idea is formed that no one shall be taxed unless fair representation is given to him or her in the law making bodies As most people know this was the cry of colonists in the eighteenth century After the Seven Years War England accumulated a huge debt Thus the Parliament decided to put a stamp tax on virtually every document This
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