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Derek J Taylor

Author, historian and journalist


   Derek Taylor

is a former


television news


now historian,

author and





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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 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.


 Click here for the full historic journey



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.


Launch Party

11th June!

The Old Stocks Inn

Market Square



Wine, canapes and author signing

6.30 to 8 pm



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His latest book

Magna Carta

in 20 Places 

will be published

on 5th May 2015

one month before

the 800th anniversary

of the Great Charter

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