HIS 101
Magna Carta Paragraph Assignment




Everyone has heard it sometime, the phrase, "he steals from the rich, to give to the poor."  That, of course, is a reference to Robin Hood and his Band of Merry Men.  What many do not know is that there has been a lot, and I do mean a lot, of serious scholarship and research into the "tales" of Robin Hood.  In some of the tellings, the bad Prince John in the story is associated with the English King John, signer of the Magna Carta, who is viewed as the bad guy who unjustly stole the throne from his good brother, Richard the Lion-Hearted while Richard was away on the Third Crusade. There have been a number of motion picture portrayals of Robin Hood, notably by Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).  Here is an ok photo of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood.

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Read the Magna Carta document excerpt (along with the short document notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from the Magna Carta (not from the textbook), was the Magna Carta a revolutionary document? 

Your paragraph must follow this format:

  • begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
  • font size 10 or 12 only
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • direct, quoted material to support your points
  • name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
  • about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
  • You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked to rewrite your work. This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.

Your assignment should be submitted on Canvas.



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