Book review: Magna Carta, Religion and the Rule of Law


Edited by: Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple and Mark Hill QC
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2015
430pp Paperback: £24.99
ISBN: 9781107494367

When the next significant anniversary of Magna Carta excites a new generation of scholars, they need go no further. Here is a bracing and erudite series of lectures, edited by the authors with their usual élan. They contribute a very stimulating opening on the relevance and resonance of the Great Charter of 1215 for religions today. The subsequent essays tease out its historical and wide religious significance and finds its way to Strasburg. The contributors could hardly be more distinguished and it includes an excellent chapter from Lord Judge. Commended very warmly by the Archbishop of Canterbury, your reviewer respectfully agrees and has nothing to add. The perfect present to round off last year’s 800th anniversary.

Reviewer: Nigel Pascoe QC, Counsel Editorial Board