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Shutterstock: The Magna Carta being signed by King John, 1215, illustration by John Leech published 1875.

Magna Carta Is Ratified

By June 15, 1215

Abuses by England’s King John cause a revolt by nobles, who compel him to recognize rights for both noblemen and ordinary Englishmen. This document, known as the Magna Carta, establishes the principle that no one, including the king or a lawmaker, is above the law, and establishes a framework for future documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.