The Magna Carta
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King John is sitting on his throne, he just heard that his troops lost to the French.
Tell the nobles to pay me more and send me more troops!
Your highness, what should we do?
King John is a bad king! I want more rights! Who's with me!
Sign the Magna Carta NOW!
King John has just made a big mistake. The nobles are getting tired of sending him money and troops for a war he will never win. He also has been abusing the power he holds as king.
I'm a knight. I was under the king and the nobles.
I'm a noble. I was under the king.
I'm the king, I was at the top.
The nobles are done. King John has been a horrible king to them, it's time they got more power. So they write the Magna Carta.
So what is the topic of today's Parliament meeting?
The nobles rebel and force King John to sign the Magna Carta, a document granting the nobles more rights and power.
We have rights!!!!
Maybe someday I could have rights...
The Magna Carta had a lot of effects. It led to the end of feudalism, which had the hierarchy shown above. In exchange for land or loyalty people gave service.
I'm a peasant. I was at the bottom, under the king, nobles, and knights.
The Magna Carta created the first legislative body in Europe, the Parliament.
The Magna Carta gave nobles rights and eventually led to peasants getting rights. It changed medieval life in many ways.