1.9

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsNo widow is to be forced to marry while she wishes to live without a husband as long as she promises that she will not marry without our consent. Basically, when a woman's husband dies, she shouldn't have to remarry. She should be allowed to have her own time to get used to what her situation is.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsAnd clause 39-- no free man is to be arrested or imprisoned except by the lawful judgement on his peers or by the law of the land.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsBasically, it's some kind of-- I think some kind of court system has to be involved. It can't just be I think he's done something wrong. He's going to gaol for the rest of his life or he's being executed or something, basically.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsEven if you just annoy the King or whoever slightly, he can't imprison you unless you've actually broken the law.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 secondsAnd how do they decide if you've broken the law? By lawful judging. What does that mean? I don't know.

Skip to 1 minute and 57 secondsClause 40-- we will not sell or deny or delay right or justice to anyone.

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 secondsSell as in-- I think it's you wouldn't be bribed into imprisoning someone or paid off in a way-- say gangsters of the 1930s or whatever. And then or deny-- you can't just turn your cheek. You can't turn away from it. You can't throw a blind eye, as they would call. Some people-- the cops would be paid off, and then they'd just took away for the rest of the day or whatever. Or delay the right to justice to anyone, as in-- I think it means you basically have to seek justice as quickly as possible. You can't just have something come up and then just forget about it for a year, because that's obviously not fair on the people involved.

Skip to 2 minutes and 56 secondsThat's what I think, anyway.

Magna Carta: some important clauses

What did Magna Carta actually say?

We took to the streets of Hereford again! This time we showed people some of the most important clauses in Magna Carta. We asked them to look at the clauses and try to explain what they meant.

Here are the clauses we showed them:

Clause 8
No widow is to be forced to marry while she wishes to live without a husband, as long as she promises that she will not marry without our consent.

Clause 39
No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.

Clause 40
We will not sell, or deny, or delay right or justice to anyone.

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Exploring English: Magna Carta

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