Lecture by Professor Linda Colley on “A changing Magna Carta: past, present and futures”: 3 August

The 4th Lecture of the Sir Douglas Robb Lecture Series at the University of Auckland on Monday 3 August 2015 was given by Professor Linda Colley, who spoke on “A changing Magna Carta: past, present and futures”.

Abstract

2015 will witness celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Yet how this iconic text has been understood, used and commemorated has changed markedly over the centuries, not just in England, but throughout the British Isles and in the one-time British Empire. This lecture explores some of these shifts over time, and discusses how – and how far – the cult that evolved around this text can be related to the UK’s lack of a written constitution.

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