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Education of the populace was not a priority in the Thirteenth Century. The Magna Carta was essentially a document that the King's barons forced King John to sign granting them more freedom and rights such as the ending of arbritary imprisonment. As part of the charter if the king did not abide by its rules the Barons could overthrow him. The Magna Carta was the first real limitation to the king's power but in many ways it was more symbolic than revolutionary. Some regard it as the first stage on the road to democracy which is why it retains such resonance.
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