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1215: The Year of Magna Carta

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780743257787
Author(s): Danny Danziger
Format: Paperback
Year: 2005
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Dimensions: 126 x 179 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 336

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Surveying a broad landscape through a narrow lens, "1215" sweeps readers back eight centuries in an absorbing portrait of life during a time of global upheaval, the ripples of which can still be felt today. At the center of this fascinating period is the document that has become the root of modern freedom: the Magna Carta. It was a time of political revolution and domestic change that saw the Crusades, Richard the Lionheart, King John, and — in legend — Robin Hood all make their marks on history.

The events leading up to King John's setting his seal to the famous document at Runnymede in June 1215 form this rich and riveting narrative that vividly describes everyday life from castle to countryside, from school to church, and from hunting in the forest to trial by ordeal. For instance, women wore no underwear (though men did), the average temperatures were actually higher than they are now, and the austere kitchen at Westminster Abbey allowed each monk two pounds of meat and a gallon of ale "per day." Broad in scope and rich in detail, "1215" ingeniously illuminates what may have been the most important year of our history.

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