Post-classical history

Ladies of Magna Carta: Women of Influence in Thirteenth Century England

Ladies of Magna Carta: Women of Influence in Thirteenth Century England

An original and innovative new approach to the history of Magna Carta, Ladies of Magna Carta examines the impact and influence that women had on the Baron’s Rebellion and the production of the Magna Carta.

Magna Carta clause 39: No man shall be taken, imprisoned, outlawed, banished or in any way destroyed, nor will we proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.

This clause in Magna Carta was in response to the appalling imprisonment and starvation of Matilda de Braose, the wife of one of King John’s barons. Matilda was not the only woman who influenced, or was influenced by, the 1215 Charter of Liberties, now known as Magna Carta. Women from many of the great families of England were affected by the far-reaching legacy of Magna Carta, from their experiences in the civil war and as hostages, to calling on its use to protect their property and rights as widows. Ladies of Magna Carta looks into the relationships – through marriage and blood – of the various noble families and how they were affected by the Barons’ Wars, Magna Carta and its aftermath; the bonds that were formed and those that were broken.

Including the royal families of England and Scotland, the Marshals, the Warennes, the Braoses and more, Ladies of Magna Carta focuses on the roles played by the women of the great families whose influences and experiences have reached far beyond the thirteenth century.


Chapter 1. John: The Path to the Throne

Chapter 2. The Road to Magna Carta

Chapter 3. The Fall of the Braose Family

Chapter 4. Nicholaa de la Haye

Chapter 5. Ela of Salisbury

Chapter 6. The Daughters of the Earl Marshal

Chapter 7. The Princesses of Scotland

Chapter 8. De Warenne

Chapter 9. Isabella of Gloucester

Chapter 10. Isabelle d’Angoulême

Chapter 11. Eleanor of Brittany

Chapter 12. The Royal Family

Chapter 13. Eleanor, Countess of Pembroke and Leicester

Epilogue: The Enduring Legacy of Magna Carta

Appendix A: The 1215 Magna Carta

Appendix B: Enforcers of Magna Carta – The Twenty-Five

Appendix C: The Charter of the Forest 1217


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