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Magna Carta


She thought, each time, that she’d written the Magna Carta.
Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  1215 document that limited the power of the king and is considered to have set the foundation for all English (and thus American) individual rights
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Magna Carta literally translates as "great paper".  King John signed the document which obligated the monarchy to be bound by law rather than to enjoy absolute rule.
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  • She thought, each time, that she’d written the Magna Carta.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • They wanted us to know when the Magna Carta was signed—never mind what it was—as opposed to discussing birth control.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • He saw Harris arguing with another captive about medieval history and the Magna Carta, and he once found the marine sitting with his hands parted as if holding a book, staring at them and mumbling to himself.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He was vulnerable there, because to me they were all pretty much alike—Voltaire and Moliere and the laws of motion and the Magna Carta and the Pathetic Fallacy and Tess of the d’Urbervilles—and I worked indiscriminately on all of them.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • The Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights and the Bill of Rights, are documents which are held in veneration by democrats throughout the world.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Finally the Magna Carta provided that no free man should be hanged twice for the same offense.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • It’s in the Magna Carta, down in the small print or, rather, the tiny writing.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights, and the Bill of Rights are documents which are held in veneration by democrats throughout the world.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
  • But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Sinews of Peace Speech

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  • The conferring members being met, let their business be to frame a CONTINENTAL CHARTER, or Charter of the United Colonies; (answering to what is called the Magna Carta of England) fixing the number and manner of choosing members of Congress, members of Assembly, with their date of sitting, and drawing the line of business and jurisdiction between them: (Always remembering, that our strength is continental, not provincial:) Securing freedom and property to all men, and above all things,…
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • The King in Parliament cannot bestow the Supremacy of the Church because it is a Spiritual Supremacy! And more to this the immunity of the Church is promised both in Magna Carta and the King’s own Coronation Oath! CROMWELL Now we plainly see that you are malicious! MORE Not so, Master Secretary! (He pauses, and launches, very quietly, ruminatively, into his final stock-taking) I am the King’s true subject, and pray for him and all the realm …. I do none harm, I say none harm, I think…
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • "You know, Mr. Black, I thought I knew all of the Magna Carta, but I’ve never heard of these clauses," said Sir Geoffrey.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Their clerks put together the full working Magna Carta a month later.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Magna Carta [7] , Council of Trent [9] , English Bill of Rights [9] , Peace of Westphalia [9] , Black Death [5] , The Mayflower [7] , Council of Trent [9] , English Bill of Rights [9] , Peace of Westphalia [9]
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