A fascinating, readable digest of social history which has "bestseller" written all over it.
An entertaining and informative study about the document widely regarded as the foundation of our liberties. Even more enjoyable than the account of the Magna Carta itself is the depiction of how we were, who we were and how many we were in the crucial year of 1215.
Danziger and Gillingham write clearly and accessibly to bring their slice of history to life...(they) admirably remind us of the chaotic soil in which the first glimmerings of British political freedom took root.
After reading it you have a sound grasp of both Plantagenet kingship and everyday life. You also get the wider picture: Saladin in Asia Minor, the fall of Bejing to Genghis Khan...the authors also make us understand what Magna Carta was really about. Danziger and Gillingham have the knack of walking us right into history and making us feel at home...this is a hugely enjoyable window into medieval life.