Lawful Rebellion – Clause 61 Magna Carta (1215)

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Lawful Rebellion – Clause 61 Magna Carta (1215)

The Magna Carta is also referred to as the Great Charter of Liberties.

Article 61 of the Magna Carta is important as it defines certain God-given and inalienable rights; it reads:

Since for God, for the improvement of our kingdom, and to better allay the discord arisen between us and our barons, we have granted all these concessions, and wishing that the concessions be enjoyed in their entirety with firm endurance (for ever), we give and grant to the barons the following security:

Namely, that the barons choose any twenty-five barons of the kingdom[1] they wish, who must with all their might observe and hold, and cause to be observed, the peace and liberties we have granted and confirmed to them by this our present Charter. Then, if we, our chief justiciar, our bailiffs or any of our officials, offend in any respect…

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