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King John vs the Barons: Runnymede 1215

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And so the Barons met King John at Runnymede. He really didn't want to agree to these new rules as it would limit his power but the Barons were firm. King John must agree or they would take his money. In the end King John had no choice, he had to do what the Barons wanted and so Magna Carta was sealed on 15 June 1215. 

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Why would King John not want to agree to Magna Carta? Was he right in not agreeing?

Would this have been an easy thing for the Barons to carry out? Why?

Which was more effective, the Barons working together or making a threat? Why?

 

 

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    King John before Magna Carta
  2. King John after Magna Carta
    King John after Magna Carta
  3. The barons
    The barons
  4. The scribe who wrote all 10,000 words of Magna Carta
    The scribe who wrote all 10,000 words of Magna Carta
  5. The sheep whose skin it was written on
    The sheep whose skin it was written on

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