20th April 2015, 11:33am
Magna Carta and the Levellers
Dr Rachel Foxley The effect Magna Carta had on radical political thought in the 17th Century will be examined in the latest in a series of public lectures celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the historic document.  

Dr Rachel Foxley, an author and one of the UK’s foremost academic experts on the Leveller political movement, will describe how Magna Carta shaped the views of Parliamentarians demanding greater liberties for their countrymen during the English Civil War.

“There's no doubt that Magna Carta was of huge significance to radicals in the 17th Century,” said Dr Foxley, an Associate Professor in Early Modern History at the University of Reading. “I'm going to be asking why that was, and will suggest that Magna Carta was a mixed blessing for the radicals. The actual Magna Carta might seem to fall short or even be restrictive in the rights it could guarantee but it offered the authority of the king.”

Her talk is the latest in a series of free public lectures hosted by the University of Lincoln as part of the Lincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series. Lincoln possesses one of only four surviving originals of the 1215 Magna Carta.

Dr Foxley will present her lecture, entitled Magna Carta and the Levellers, on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at the University of Lincoln’s main Brayford Pool campus. Registration is at 5.30pm. Admission is free but booking is essential.

To register for the lecture by Dr Rachel Foxley, or to find out more about upcoming events at the University of Lincoln, visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/events  
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