The Magna Carta Project

X. A late thirteenth, early fourteenth-century statute book: BL Harley MS 1033, fos.14-16v.

by Professor David Carpenter

This has the 1217 preamble, although Guala’s name has been misread. The concession of freedom to the church is made not merely to God but to the blessed Mary and all the saints. The earl pays his relief ‘de comitatu integro’. The baronial relief is 100 marks. At the end there is the tax and the promise not to seek anything by which the concessions might be revoked. The Charter is said to be given at Westminster on 10 February 1225. The ‘testibus prenominatis’, however, is then from the 1217 Charter, and after that is the statement that the Charter has been given by Richard Marsh on, however, 2 November rather than 6 November 1217. St Paul’s is not mentioned as the place of the giving.

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