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MAGNA CARTA AND THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM UNDER THE LAW

THE BACKGROUND TO 65 YEARS OF EUROPEAN FREEDOM

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In 1924 a young lawyer such as I thought of the rule of law as something unassailable:

 

we imagined that the horrors and sacrifices of the First World War had not been futile, and that mankind had at last learnt its lesson and would henceforth

live in accordance with reason.

 

What happened to those fond imaginings?

 

Every hope that we nursed was disappointed; reason was once ore dethroned; one brutalising dogma after another bore dreadful fruit.

'..there is a doctrine which has for various reasons become a little dusty and old-fashioned in recent years and which I myself should like to see restored to the position that it used to occupy.

 

I refer to the doctrine of the law of nature.

 

"You may throw out Nature with a pitchfork', said a Latin poet who was also a good gardener,

'but she will always come back." '

Close monument

Magna Carta, the great Charter of written law was forged from the ancient freedoms of common law.  

It was the first living document to establish that some freedoms live outside the realm of those holding power.

In 1957 David Maxwell Fyfe made a speech to The American Bar Association on the occasion of their visit to dedicate a plaque to Magna Carta at Runnymede.

From David Maxwell Fyfe's speech to the

American Bar Association 1957

From David Maxwell Fyfe's speech to the

American Bar Association 1957

'Wonderful harmonies'

'I was blown away'

Post show Vox Pops

RUNNYMEDE

and

THE OLD SORTING OFFICE, BARNES GREEN

20TH MARCH 2015

English Cabaret popped up in Runnymede, to make the Magna Carta music film above, and sang at The Old Sorting Office in Barnes during their music festival, celebrating 'Magna Carta, Music and Freedom'.

Archbishop Stephen Langton visited Barnes on his return from the Magna Carta sealing at Runnymede to consecrate

St Mary’s Church Barnes.

Runnymede 3 St Marys 1

From Runnymede to Barnes

Written, Presented and Edited by

Robert Blackmore and Lily Blackmore

MAGNA CARTA

Barnes 7 Lincoln 12 Salisbury 2 Bury 5

SALISBURY, BURY ST EDMUNDS and LINCOLN

English Cabaret went to visit the original Magna Carta on display in Salisbury and Lincoln Cathedrals, and popped into the Abbey  in Bury St Edmunds (now a ruin), where the Barons met to draw up the Charter.

Bury 15

The name of Magna Carta was invoked by the founders of America in the establishment of their constitution and its' echoes can be heard behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted after two World Wars when some began looking to a 'living law' once more.  

 

In Europe Human Rights were campaigned for by lawyers and politicians from around the continent.  

 

The living law they created was the  

European Convention on Human Rights.

English Cabaret visit ...

English Cabaret broadcast a series of livestreams of Dreams of Peace & Freedom during their tour. This excerpt is sung by Lily Blackmore, Sue Casson and Jocasta Roper and narrated by Robert Blackmore with Sue Casson at the piano.