How did religion influence the Magna Carta
Now that you have learned how to write a DBQ response, it is time to begin analyzing each of the eight documents for this activity. Remember to analyze each one before deciding which five documents you are going to refer to in your response. Print this question list to take notes and help you keep track of your answers as you analyze each document.
Document A: Magna Carta, Excerpt of Primary Source
During the 1100s, King John of England began to abuse his power against nobles. At the time, the king had almost unlimited power, and John took advantage of this by demanding large amounts of money without consulting nobles and deciding court cases according to his personal whims. Soon the nobles began to resent John’s actions. After John lost a battle against France, the king had to make sure he had the support of his nobles. As a result, he agreed to sign a royal charter created by the nobles to protect their rights. This charter was called the Magna Carta.
1. How did religion influence the Magna Carta?
2. How did the Magna Carta limit the power of King John?
3. How did the Magna Carta lay the foundation for democracy?
…Know that we, at the prompting of God and for the health of our soul and the souls of our ancestors and successors, for the glory of holy Church and the improvement of our realm, freely and out of our good will have given and granted to the archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons and all of our realm these liberties written below to hold in our realm of England in perpetuity.
Article 1: In the first place we grant to God and confirm by