Derek J Taylor
is a former
international TV news
and public speaker
The Diane Banks
Magna Carta in 20 Places 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.
This illustrated volume 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, struggled and died.
And in the final chapters the author answers 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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New York conference: Derek Taylor gives keynote speech on
to see a video of "Magna Carta: tyranny, treachery and liberty"
Derek's Magna Carta event at the US's biggest book festival
The Brooklyn Book Festival in New York will host a conversation with Derek about his book "Magna Carta in 20 Places" on 20th September. The event which attracts 25,000 attendees broadcast throughout the US on the cable network C Span
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Derek's last book
Magna Carta in 20 Places
by The History Press
on 5th May 2015
the 800th anniversary
of the Great Charter
Buy Magna Carta in 20 Places today!
"Taylor possesses that terrific journalistic zest that so often eludes academics, and knows how to tell a story. It's a wonderful book and deserves to be very widely enjoyed."
Derek's next book
Who do the English
think they are?
A history of English national identity, told through 20 places where the best - and the worst - qualities of the English were formed.