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The famous Magna Charta (as now labeled) was signed, 6/15/1215, at Runnymede, by King John & the Barons of England. There was more to this signing than the average history book (or history teacher) has revealed.  There had been a struggle between the position commonly called “pope” (word means “father” – Christ knowing of course, that such would come, specifically instructed, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” Mat 23.9) & King John.

Lotario de’ Conti di Segni (a.k.a. “pope” Innocent III) angry with King John who had refused to do as di Segni “thought best,” flexed his supposed power, claimed England could not have mass, weddings, etc. (interdict) in 1208, “excommunicated” John in 1209, & backed Philip to invade England in 1212.  John made some concessions to di Segni which involved money.  This money to Rome is one of the things that brought the Barons to Runnymede.  Later di Segni had the nerve to try to annul the Magna Charta. 

Imperfect perhaps, & at times not used, the famed Magna Charta did long range good including an influence on America’s laws.

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