June 15th 1215: Magna Carta sealed
On this day in 1215, King John of England put his ‘Great Seal’ on the Magna Carta. The charter required the King to respect the liberties of the barons and stated that the only way to punish someone was by the law of the land (not on the King’s will). The feudal barons had rebelled against the King and forced him to accept the charter in order to limit his power and ensure their privilege. The charter was later modified and renewed. The Magna Carta is seen as a major step in the development of English democracy and forms a key part of Britain’s uncodified constitution.