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  • Magna Carta: new perspectives Renwick, N.G. Published PDF deposited in Curve January 2016 Original citation: Renwick, N.G. (2016) Magna Carta: new perspectives. Coventry: Coventry University. DOI: 10.18552/23973137.001 Copyright and Moral Rights are retained by the author(s) and/ or other copyright owners. A copy can be downloaded for personal non-commercial research or study, without prior permission or charge. This item cannot be reproduced or quoted extensively from without first obtaining permission in writing from the copyright holder(s). The content must not be changed in any way or sold commercially in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders.

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  • Phoenix Occasional Papers ISSN 2397-3137


    Phoenix Occasional Papers Research Papers of the School of Humanities, Coventry University

    No.1 Magna Carta: New Perspectives

    Editors Neil Renwick and Mark Bratton

    December 2015

  • Phoenix Occasional Papers are the flagship publication of the International Studies and Social Science Research Cluster, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University. This Issue is the inaugural edition. The series provides an opportunity to cover the major research themes and projects undertaken by staff and research students across four Disciplines; History, Politics, International Relations and Sociology. The Papers bring together the latest conceptual analysis and empirical investigation, contributing to acad-emic knowledge transfers and to evidence-based policy and practice. The Papers are present-ed in an open and accessible fashion for academics, policymakers and practitioners. Each Is-sue is thematically oriented, drawing upon contributions from within ISSS and its global net-work of research collaborators and partners.

    Publisher Phoenix Occasional Papers are published by the International Studies and Social Science Research Cluster, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, George Eliot Building, Coventry University, CV1 5FB.

    Series General Editor: Professor Neil Renwick, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University; email:

    Cover photograph. King John of England signing Magna Carta on June 15, 1215, at Run-nymede; coloured wood engraving, 19th century. Available at: John,_Magna_Carta.jpg (277 411 pixels, file size: 40 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg. This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.

    Disclaimer The Publisher and Coventry University and Editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this journal; the views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Publisher or Coventry University and Editors.


    ISSN: Phoenix Occasional Papers ISSN 2397-3137





    Cotton MS. Augustus II. 106, one of only four surviving exemplifications of the 1215 text


  • Contents

    Contributors v

    Abstracts viii

    Foreword xii Christopher Cocksworth, the Bishop of Coventry Introduction: Magna Carta at 800 Years-New Perspectives 1 Neil Renwick and Mark Bratton

    Magna Carta in its First Century: new discoveries and new perspectives 5 David Carpenter

    (Re) imagining Magna Carta: Myth and Metaphor in Gordon Browns Rhetoric of Britishness 10 Judi Atkins

    Sermon on Magna Carta: Coventry Cathedral, 23 June 2015 17 Nicholas Sagovsky

    Magna Carta: Constitutional Lessons for the UK Today 22 John McEldowney

    Magna Carta, Land Rights and the Natural World 26 Brett Sanders

    Magna Carta in Guantanamo Bay From the Exception to the Rule 33 Stvetoslav Nenov

    Common Ground No More: The Failure of the Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest in Colonial North America 39 Darren Reid

    A World in Flux: Magna Carta in a Changing 21st Century World Order 47 Neil Renwick


  • Contributors

    Judi Atkins. Judi Atkins gained her MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham having previously gained an MA in Social and Political Thought from the Uni-versity of Warwick and BA (Hons) Philosophy at the University of Birmingham). Judis re-search is located on the interface between Political Theory and British Politics, with a particu-lar focus on rhetoric, ideology and public policy. Her current project is supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant and explores the rhetorical dynamics of conflict and co-operation within the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government. Before coming to Coven-try, she was Research Fellow in British Politics at the University of Leeds (2011-2014) and Re-search Assistant on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project How the Leader Speaks: British Political Rhetoric and Argumentation at Swansea University (2008-2011).Dr. Atkins has edited a special section of The Political Quarterly in spring 2015. Judis paper in the edition is entitledTogether in the National Interest: The Rhetoric of Unity and the Formation of the Cameron- Clegg Government. The collection will be published in spring 2015. Dr,. Atkins is also author of Narrating One Nation: The Ideology and Rhetoric of the Miliband Labour Party, Politics, 35(1), 2015: 19-31.

    Mark Bratton. Mark Bratton is a Church of England clergyman working in the West Midlands. He is Rector of St. John Baptist Berkswell, a beautiful medieval church with a thriving con-gregation. Mark is also Rural Dean Missioner of Kenilworth, and the Bishop of Coventry's Adviser on Medical Ethics. Mark is Honorary Fellow in Clinical Education at the University of Warwick Medical School where he teaches medical ethics and law on a sessional basis and Vice-Chair of the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Ethics Com-mittee. Mark has a BA in History from University College London, and MA in Theology from the University of Oxford. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the City University and was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. He gained his MA in Medical Ethics and Law from Kings College, London, and PhD in Medical Ethics and Law from the University of Warwick. Markhas published two books on the theology and ethics of devel-opments in human genome science, (2009) The Human Genome Project (Grove: Cambridge) and (ed.) (2009) God, Ethics and the Human Genome as well as a number of academic articles in re-spected peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) and Philosophy, Psy-chiatry and Psychology (PPP). He hasreviewed articles for JME and PPP and reviewed books for religious journals, e.g. Journal of Contemporary Religion.

    David Carpenter. David Carpenter is Professor of Medieval History at Kings College, London and a leading authority on Britain in the period between the Norman Conquest and the Fourteenth Century. A Co-investigator of the Magna Carta Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, he is the author of Magna Carta in the Penguin Classics series, described as a landmark in Magna Carta studies.


  • John McEldowney. John McEldowney is Professor of Law and Director of the School's new LLM in EU Law in the World Economy. He is one of the joint editors of the Journal of Law, Science and Policy and is an executive member of the Study of Parliament Group, and is edi-tor of the Group's Newsletter for the past ten years. He delivered the 10th Hugh Fitzpatrick Lecture on "Biography and Bibliography" at Kings Inns Dublin Ireland in 2004. In 2001 he was elected the New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow. He has held vis-iting appointments in universities in Japan and France. In 2000, he was the World Bank visit-ing Fellow in the Supreme Court in Venezuela. In 2004, he was awarded a medal of honour from the University of Lille. He has acted as external examiner for a number of universities, including the Open University. Professor McEldowney has given evidence to a number of in-quiries held by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution specifically on the Draft European Constitution in 2002-3, Parliament and the Legislative Process in 2003/4 and on the use of the prerogative of war. He is currently working on a new book on Envi-ronmental law for Edward Elgar.

    Svetoslav Nenov. Svetoslav Nenov recently completed hisPhD, entitled "Bio-politics, Counter-terrorism and Law", at the University of Manchester. His MA in Sociology was previously gained at Lancaster University, where hisprimary focus was in the areas of globalisation and contemporary US foreign politics. His research interests lie equally in the fields of In-ternational Relations, Politics, Sociology and Law. More specifically, he is interested in bio-politics, contemporary politics of security, US and UK counter-terrorism, US domestic policy after 9/11, Foucauldian studies and post-modern social theory.

    Darren R. Reid. Darren R. Reid is a historian of Native America, Early America, and Western Popular Culture. Much of his work focuses upon the nature of racial percept