Introduction

In 1956, Winston Churchill wrote, 'Here is a law which is about the King and which he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta: an this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it.'

Bragg, M (2006), Twelve books that changed the world, Hodder & Soughton, London, p. 69

The respect offered this document has endured for 800 years. It has provided the foundation of democratic government not only in the United Kingdom, but in other countries such as, the United States of America, Australia, India, New Zealand and Canada.