Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville narrates this epic history of the Magna Carta. It is the most highly valued piece of paper in the world, and has changed the course of history. Secrets of the Magna Carta asks how we measure up today? Many believe the freedoms which Magna Carta won for us are under threat. Is it time, once again, to invoke the power of this legendary manuscript?
Secrets of the Magna Carta
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01: The Product of a Bloody Conflict
The Magna Carta is almost a thousand years old and is thought to possess near-mystical powers. It has legendary origins and even a connection with the famous freedom fighter Robin Hood. The product of bloody conflict, the Magna Carta subsequently exerted an extraordinary influence on the course of human history; enshrining rights that today people all over the world take for granted.
02: Immortal Document
The legendary document shaped our world, from the founding freedoms of America to the historic struggle against slavery and oppression. It shape the lives of some of the greatest figures in modern history: Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Many of the freedoms described by the Magna Carta are now under threat. Is it time, once again, to invoke the power of the Magna Carta?