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800th Anniversary of Magna Carta - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This June, join Cambridge Scholars and people across the world in commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, agreed by King John on 15th June 1215. Magna Carta has affected constitutional thought throughout history, influencing the nascent United States of America in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, and was even referenced at the submission of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.


The 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta will be a commemoration of national and international significance. Due to its central place in English history and its impact across the world, a wide range of events and activities are being planned.

Hundreds of exciting events will be taking place not only in June but throughout 2015, from specially commissioned BBC documentaries and books, to academic conferences, public exhibitions, local community events and a Magna Carta tourism trail. To find out more about Magna Carta and the associated events taking place, click here.


To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and how constitutions have changed and developed since it was first signed, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on the evolution of rulership and constitutional law across the globe throughout history. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Monarchy has always been preoccupied with image and perception, never more so than in the medieval and early modern periods. This volume demonstrates that monarchical image and perception went far beyond cultural, symbolic and courtly display and were, in fact, always deeply concerned with the practical expression of authority, politics and power. This collection's unique and innovative approach reveals that continuity was arguably more important than change as it considers male and female royal rulers across Europe from the early-thirteenth to the late-seventeenth centuries. Collectively this volume will be of interest to all those studying medieval and early modern monarchy and for those wishing to learn about the connections and differences between the two.

This book commemorates the bicentenary of the landmark Spanish Constitution of 1812. Drafted by Spanish and colonial Spanish American liberals (and non-liberals), this war-time Constitution set out to radically redefine ‘the Spanish nation’ for a new age. As such, it divided Spaniards and threw into sharp relief the question of Spain’s legitimacy in her American colonies. Bringing together specialists in the history, politics and culture of Spain and Latin America, this volume represents the only large-scale commemoration in the UK of one of the world’s first liberal constitutional tracts. The book also examines other constitutions in the Spanish-speaking world beyond 1812, and includes a specially-conducted interview with Spanish politician Alfonso Guerra, one of the figures behind the Spanish Constitution of 1978.

This volume looks into the concept of constitutions, the fundamental values conveyed by constitutional texts, the building and functioning of new constitutional bodies, and their symbolic representation. In addition to the constitutional order and its history, cultural aspects of the implementation and legitimisation of the legal text are also studied. The volume includes case studies on the colonial European powers, as well as their colonies or ex-colonies in the Americas. A special aim of the text is to show the connectedness of the constitutional processes that took place in these regions during the late 18th and the 19th centuries. The book will appeal to a broad academic readership, especially in the fields of cultural studies, history, and political science.


To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MAGNA15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th June 2015.


To find out more about the events celebrating Magna Carta throughout the year, please click here.


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