Henry I and the Coronation Charter


By Professor Nicholas Vincent, published 28th July 2015

The precursor to Magna Carta?

In this podcast Professor Nicholas Vincent discusses Henry I and the Coronation Charter. The Coronation Charter is considered a precursor to Magna Carta.

1. How fair is it to see the Coronation Charter as a precursor to Magna Carta?
2. What did Henry I think the Coronation Charter was for?
3. Was it intended as a short term fix to legitimise his claim to the throne?
4. Why do subsequent monarchs ignore it?

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