Anyone who went to the British Library's excellent exhibition Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy will have been reminded that Magna Carta has meant many different things to many people throughout the world.
Most of Magna Carta's clauses have long since been repealed or superseded by other legislation, and those that remain do not stand up well to modern legal interpretation. But, as Chief Justice Lord Bingham wrote, 'the significance of Magna Carta lay not in what it actually said, but in what later generations claimed and believed it had said'.
For our first lecture of the 2015-16 season we welcome the President of the Historical Association, Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London. Justin will take up the theme of what various people have thought Magna Carta is and what it actually was when he talks to us about The invention of Magna Carta in the early modern period.