Derek J Taylor
Author, historian and journalist
is a former international television news correspondent,
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This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of Magna Carta in a unique and entertaining way, through twenty places associated with the Great Charter's birth and extraordinary later history.
Magna Carta in 20 Places takes us on an exotic journey through the palaces and villages of England, the castles and towns of France, via the Middle East and ending in the United States today. The characters who gave birth to Magna Carta, and in later centuries were inspired by it in their often bitter struggles for liberty and justice, are brought to life at the places where they lived, fought and died.
And in the final chapters the author tries to answer one of the great mysteries about the Charter: why have the twenty-first century citizens of America adopted this 800 year old English document as their own symbol of freedom under the law?
Magna Carta in 20 Places has a light touch, a direct style, and is entertaining as well as informative.
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UK's biggest history publisher in deal for Magna Carta book
Mark Beynon, the Commisioning Editor of The History Press, which publishes 500 specialist and popular history books a year, described Magna Carta in 20 Places as 'unique' and 'far and away the most interesting book' he'd seen on the Great Charter.
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His latest book
in 20 Places
will be published
on 5th May 2015
one month before
the 800th anniversary
of the Great Charter