The National Archives Magna Carta Interactive Resource

The National Archives Magna Carta Interactive Resource

Parliament and The National Archives have collaborated to deliver an interactive online educational resource taking students on a journey from 1215 – 1297.

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Parliament and The National Archives have collaborated to deliver an interactive online educational resource taking students on a journey from 1215 – 1297. This resource has been produced as part of the 2015 Parliament in the Making anniversary programme to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s parliament.

The resource comprises a selection of documents, including the Magna Carta itself, which have been digitised for the first time. Students can explore the issues that were being discussed in the 13th century – the relationship between the king and his barons; the relationship between Magna Carta, war and taxation; and the intervention of the Pope and the emergence of parliament as a fundamental part of political life.

Each of the documents has an accompanying transcript and simplified version of what the document contains as well as audio files.

The resource comprises a selection of documents, including the Magna Carta itself, which have been digitised for the first time. Students can explore the issues that were being discussed in the 13th century – the relationship between the king and his barons; the relationship between Magna Carta, war and taxation; and the intervention of the Pope and the emergence of parliament as a fundamental part of political life.

Each of the documents has an accompanying transcript and simplified version of what the document contains as well as audio files.

The full Magna Carta resource consists of three elements:

  1. An online resource to support independent student enquiry about Magna Carta and the Origins of Parliament during the 13th century in which students produce a chronicle account based on document analysis and video interviews with leading characters including King John, Simon de Montfort and Eleanor of Provence as well as guidance and support from the famous monk-chronicler, Matthew Paris.
  2. A themed collection of 47 documents – digitised for the first time – chosen to support teachers, undergraduates and A level students in their study of the significance of Magna Carta
  3. A live taught session delivered through The National Archives virtual classroom.

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