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Magna Carta

Magna   Carta   is   probably   the   most   important   document   in   English   history as   it   established   the   concept   of   individual   freedom;   that   no   one   Is   above the   law.      It   was   sealed   (not   'signed'   as   popular   myth   supposes)   at Runnymede on 15 June 1215. One    of    the    reasons    for    creating    this    page    is    because,    of    the    few individuals   whom   King   John   names   as   one   of   the   'venerable   fathers'   who advised   him   in   drawing   it   up,   one   man   was:      "fratris   Aymerici   magistri milicie   Templi   in   Anglia"   -   Brother   Aymeric,   Master   of   the   Knights   of   the Temple   in   England   -   the   Templars'   then   Grand   Prior   of   England   and, clearly, one of the most important men in the Kingdom. Similarly,   the   first   in   the   list   of   the   'illustrious   men'   mentioned   by   the   King was:   "Willelmi   Mariscalli   comitis   Penbrocie"   -   the   Earl   of   Pembrokeshire, William   Marshall   -   a   Templar   at   heart.      And   before   he   died   William ensured   that   he   would   become   a   Templar   Knight.      He   was   buried   next   to his   great   friend   Aymeric   (who   died   a   few   days   before   William)   in   front   of the   main   altar   in   the   church   associated   with   the   Order   in   England,   namely The   Temple   Church   off   Fleet   Street,   London.      Today   that   church   is   the church   of   Inner   and   of   Middle   Temple,   two   of   England’s   four   ancient societies of lawyers - the Inns of Court. An effigy of William Marshall, and others, can be seen in that church.
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