Lord Judge enlightens us on the thrilling historical context of Magna Carta's signing: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/magna-carta-the-medieval-context-and-the-part-played-by-william-marshal
Modern understanding of Magna Carta has begun to mythologise the creation and signing of the charter. Lord Igor Judge, Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales places Magna Carter in its historical context as simply another Charter in an age when charters "created like confetti". As well as the byzantine politics and open warfare that lead to the creation of Magna Carta, Lord Judge highlights the real hero of 1215, William Marshal, who's tireless campaigning and statecraft lead to the adoption of Magna Carta, ejected the French from British soil and secured the Plantaganet dynasty's hold on the throne
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/magna-carta-the-medieval-context-and-the-part-played-by-william-marshal
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Lord Igor Judge
Igor is a former Judge and was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2008 to 2013.