AuthorsWhite, Graeme J.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThe so-called Cheshire Magna Carta was granted by Ranulf III earl of Chester to his Cheshire barons, probably in summer 1215. This article offers an accessible text and translation and, drawing largely on the evidence of other comital charters, sets the document in the context of the county's thirteenth-century administration. It discusses the date of issue, argues that the charter was seen in Cheshire as a substitute for, rather than a supplement to, the king's Magna Carta, and concludes that most of the concessions were reaffirmations of existing distinctive custom and practice, with safeguards against abuses by comital officials.
CitationWhite, G. J. (2018). The Cheshire Magna Carta: distinctive or derivative? Historical Research, 91(251), 185-201. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12214
PublisherOxford University Press
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