Chapter 2

Chapter 2

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  • Magna Carta
  • You got that right!
  • Hey, I get it. Not even me, the King, is above the law.
  • I need Parliament's approval before levying new taxes? And I can't just imprison anyone anymore? Lame.
  • Petition of Right
  • No! You need OUR approval!
  • New laws? Gotta go through us. Raising taxes? Gotta go through us. Keeping an army? Yea, gotta go through us.
  • English Bill of Rights
  • What is the point of being a King if I can't just do whatever I want?!
  • The Magna Carta is a document guaranteeing English political liberties. The Magna Carta was signed by King John and was a product of political crisis and an uprising of the leading men of England. The Magna Carta conceded even Kings and Queens had to obey the law.
  • The Petition of Right was signed by King Charles I. It required monarchs to obtain Parliament's approval before levying new taxes. It also said monarchs could not unlawfully prison people or establish military rule during times of peace.
  • English Bill of Rights required monarchs to get Parliament's consent if they wanted to enact laws, raise taxes, or keep an army. The English Bill of Rights set expectations about the rights of Englishmen.
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