Magna Carta and the Victorians

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Date / time: 6 May, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

George Fox Building, Lancaster University

Magna Carta and the Victorians

Department of History & School of Law Iredell Lecture 2015

Although its clauses were increasingly expunged from the statute book, Magna Carta enjoyed an unrivalled reputation as a constitutional icon in Regency and Victorian Britain, championed and contested by radicals and Tories, Anglicans and Catholics, and the women’s movement. As never before nit became the subject of historical investigation. And in Britain’s colonies and dependencies, Magna Carta was a symbol of common law custom, political pluralism and religious toleration. This illustrated lecture charts the revival of the cult of 1215 between its 600th and 700th anniversaries, and offers some timely warnings about propaganda and historical memory in modern Britain.

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Professor Miles Taylor, BA, PhD (Cantab), FRHist

Professor Taylor joined the University of York in 2004, and between 2008 and 2014 he was Director of the Institute of Historical Research, London. He is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Portrait Gallery, and sits on the editorial advisory boards of the History of Parliament Trust, the BBC History Magazine and the Journal of British Studies. He has published widely on political history, and is currently writing a book entitled The Sovereign People: Parliament and Representation in Britain since 1750.