A large part of Magna Carta was copied, nearly word for word, from the Charter of Liberties of Henry I, issued when Henry I ascended to the throne inwhich bound the king to certain laws regarding the treatment of church officials and nobles, effectively granting certain civil liberties to the church and the English nobility. The document commonly known as Magna Carta today is not the charter but a later charter ofand is usually shown in the form of The Charter of when it was confirmed by Edward I. At the time of the charter, many of the provisions were not meant to make long term changes but simply to right the immediate wrongs, and therefore The Charter was reissued three times in the reign of Henry IIIand in order to provide for an updated version. After this, each individual king for the next two hundred years until Henry V in personally confirmed the charter in his own charter Rights still in force today.
In estimating the importance of Magna Carta what we chiefly need is a history of the document in the period after This confirmation is in part as follows: And we will that if any judgments be given from henceforth, contrary to the points of the charters aforesaid by justices or by any other our ministers that hold pleas before them touching the points of the charters, they shall be undone and holden for naught.
And we will that the same charters shall be sent under our seal to cathedral churches throughout our realm, and there remain, and shall be read before the people twice in the year. And that archbishops and bishops shall pronounce sentences of greater excommunication against all those that by word, deed, or counsel shall go against the aforesaid charters, or that in any point Magna carta act or go against them.
And that the said curses be twice a year denounced and published by the prelates aforesaid. And if the same prelates or any of them be remiss in the denunciation of the said sentences, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York for the time being, as is fitting, shall reprove them and constrain them to make that denunciation in form aforesaid.
This is his inclusion without comment of the Charter of the Forest with Magna Carta as the common law. The judges of those times, who were generally in orders, were better acquainted with Roman legal conceptions than many of their brethren of a much later time. Evidence of its importance and its binding character is abundant.
It is something already in existence, which may indeed need defining, but can only be promulgated, not made. The Parliament Roll of the year 3 contains an interesting petition by several nobles setting forth that they were entitled to lands escheated at the time of the suppression of the Templars, which lands, however, had been handed over, by a statute irregularly procured by the Despencers, to the Hospitallers.
Et disoient, qe ce sunt contrarie a Ley, isse qe cel Estatut se fist contre Ley et contre reson. It was, in a very real sense, a fundamental law. But if this law was really supreme it becomes the more necessary to try to discover the points in which it differed from other rules or enactments; to ascertain as nearly as we can just what was common law.
Habet enim quodlibet regnum suas consuetudines et diversas, poterit enim una esse consuetudo in regno Angliae, et alia in regno Franciae quantum ad successiones.
Hence many things are controlled by the law and custom of the realm. So in discussing waste Bracton says: Its exact meaning becomes clearer, however, when we take note of the special law that contemporaries were wont to contrast with it. Et quod non sunt in comitatu et ideo non deberent tractari per legem communem.
But Magna Carta was not only common law: The subject of the relation of enactment to the law which precedes, as that relation was understood in the later Middle Ages, is a subject that has received a good deal of attention in recent years. We are trying to discover what the men of that time really thought about it.
This eventually led to changes in the law itself, but such changes came gradually and in the main only incidentally, and were not the main purpose of enactment.
Repeal of the laws used and approved is in the beginning not thought of. It comes very gradually, and in the guise of the removal of provisions which have wrongfully interpreted or added to the old law and tended to the introduction of abuses rather than the removal of them. The substance of the old law itself is in theory not repealable, at least in early times.
When statutes are repealed the oftrepeated reason is that they are against the law of the land or prerogative. Occasionally, in times of disorder, whole Parliaments were repealed in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, but the reason alleged is usually that their summons is irregular or their acts unlawful.
It is only at a comparatively late period that the repeal of statutes is openly avowed as one of the purposes of Parliament; even then such a power is hardly considered as reaching the central principles of the common law.
All this is clear enough for local and particular customs. But what of the common law? But by the fourteenth century this was changed.
It is clear that such a principle could not be enforced, and could indeed hardly arise, before the composition of Parliament was settled on the basis which it retained until the legislation of the nineteenth century.
Naturally, while that composition was still unsettled this principle was doubtful. At first, apparently, while the composition of Parliament fluctuated, there was doubt as to the validity of an enactment until it had been proclaimed locally throughout the realm.
Only gradually did the theory arise that the whole of England was constructively in Parliament; that they were all assumed to be there consenting to what Parliament did.
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