On this day in 1215, King John accepted the Magna Carta, or Great Charter of Liberties, setting a firm precedent for the rights of socage, burgage, scutage, waynage, selvage, and hostage that is regarded as the foundation of liberty in all English-speaking nations.


  1. Daniel says:

    But selvage was a fringe issue.

    • Dr. Boli says:

      But you know what they say about barons. Give them an inch, and they’ll take two ells.

      “Let there be one measure of wine throughout our whole realm; and one measure of ale; and one measure of corn, to wit, ‘the London quarter’; and one width of cloth (whether dyed, or russet, or ‘halberget’), to wit, two ells within the selvages; of weights also let it be as of measures.”

  2. The Shadow says:

    They really soc’ced it to ’im!

  3. Don’t forget the right of dotage. Even the North Koreans have in recent years been frequently calling our leaders “dotards”.

  4. Belfry Bat says:

    Was this the original draft? Or the amended version the pope approved?

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