We need to consider... will Magna Carta bring peace and freedom? Why don’t you start by exploring the document and reading the transcript...
(50) We will remove completely from their offices the kinsmen of Gerard de Athée, and in future they shall hold no offices in England. The people in question are Engelard de Cigogné, Peter, Guy, and Andrew de Chanceaux, Guy de Cigogné, Geoffrey de Martigny and his brothers, Philip Marc and his brothers, with Geoffrey his nephew, and all their followers.
(51) As soon as peace is restored, we will remove from the kingdom all the foreign knights, bowmen, their attendants, and the mercenaries that have come to it, to its harm, with horses and arms.
This seems to be a case of the barons removing evil advisers who have led King John astray. Or is there some other possible explanation?
Magna Carta June 1215
Clauses 50 and 51
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Whose kinsmen are being removed from office?
That’s the wrong answer unfortunately...
Why don’t you study the document again and listen to the transcript?
Excellent work! The answer is indeed Gerard de Athée!
Will Magna Carta bring peace and freedom?
Is Magna Carta simply a collection of complaints and grumbles by the barons which will only have benefits for them?
Is Magna Carta more than this? Is it an important statement of key principles about how the king can rule and will have benefits for everyone in England?
Will this document be long lasting and bring about peace and freedom, or will King John will find a way out of it?
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