Magna Carta: Did she die in vain for Harlow?

Communities / Tue 19th May 2015 at 10:01am

Magna CartaMagna Carta: Essex connections

THIS Saturday, 23 May, the Essex Record Office (ERO) will be hosting an anniversary event to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Magna Carta.

To mark the occasion the ERO will be exploring the significance and legacy of this famous document, both nationally and for Essex, with talks from:

Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, who has been leading a major project researching the background to Magna Carta

Katharine Schofield, ERO Archivist, on Essex connections with Magna Carta and the impact it had on the medieval county.

Significantly, the Magna Carta placed the English king under the rule of law for the first time, and out of 25 rebel barons appointed to make sure that King John kept his word, six had Essex connections and were big landowners in the county.

County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment, said: “The Magna Carta is often celebrated as the cornerstone of English liberties and it will make for a fascinating talk this coming Saturday, especially exploring the strong connection that Essex has with the document.”

The ERO does not hold a Magna Carta, it does, however, have two documents dating from 1203 during King John’s reign. These will on display in the Searchroom and available to view after the talks.

Talks will be from 1.30-4.15pm and tickets will be £8, including refreshments. Please book tickets in advance by calling 03330 132 500. The Essex Record Office is in Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT.

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