The Magna Carta was an agreement signed in 1215 by King John I of England and a group of his nobles. The agreement was meant to reduce the power of the king and to ensure the rights of the nobles. By the early 1200s, the English nobility had become very concerned with the growing powers of the monarchy. Therefore, they rebelled against King John. Their rebellion was successful enough to force him to sign the Magna Carta. This agreement was not exactly democratic in that it was not meant to help the common people. However, it did limit the power of the monarch and is therefore seen as an important step towards the system of limited government that we have today.