What is Magna Carta?

Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation takes you back in time to medieval England in 1215 under the reign of Bad King John. > http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/videos/what-is-magna-carta

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On this day 12th November, Plymouth…

1439 – Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament. The English Parliament / The Parliament of England is key to our research here at Manorial Counsel as – The Parliament of England  was the legislature of the Kingdom of England . In 1066, William the Conqueror  introduced the feudal system, by which he sought the advice of a…

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On this day 19th October – King John…

1216– King John also known as John Lackland dies at Newark-on-Trent, speculation was rife that he had been poisoned. his body was escorted south by a company of mercenaries and he was buried in Worcestershire Cathedral.  He was succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry III. King John is remembered for many reasons e.g; his excommunication in 1209, the loss of Normandy,  his mistresses and…

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On this day 12th October

1216– King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge.  According to contemporary reports, John travailed from Spalding in Lincolnshire to Bishops Lynn in Norfolk, was taken ill and decided to return. While he took the longer route by way of Wisbech, he sent his baggage train, including his crown jewels, along the causeway and ford across the…

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Berkhamsted Castle

Berkhamsted castle

Whilst researching one of our most complex histories to date, we decided to go and see for ourselves one of the castles documented.  Berkhamsted castle is a unique Norman Motte and Bailey Castle, situated in the Chilterns, it is an unmanned English Heritage site. After his victory at the Battle of Hastings, William and his army…

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