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Derek J Taylor


   Derek Taylor

is a former


television news


now historian,

author and





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  This 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, 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.


       Click here for the full historic journey


70 flock to Magna Carta launch party


The Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold was packed on the evening on June 11th to hear Derek Taylor talk about his latest book, Magna Carta in 20 Places. Derek said that he's a life long "Magna Carta addict." He explained that "the constant surprises in the 800 year story of the Great Charter" had kept him hooked since he was a teenager.

The launch was held in association with the Borzoi Bookshop, who sold 44 copies on the night, all signed by the author



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His latest book

Magna Carta

in 20 Places 

was published

by The History Press

on 5th May 2015

one month before

the 800th anniversary

of the Great Charter

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Buy Magna Carta in 20 Places today!

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