Renaissance Essay

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Throughout history there has always been a struggle for power between absolute rulers and
the people and somewhere in the middle they compromise at democracy. In the past the
people have written documents to that limited the of the king and obtain their natural
rights. The Magna Carta became known as one of the first documents to ever degrade the
power of a king. Following the Magna Carta came the Petition of Rights, this to limited
the strength of the king. Succeeding the Petition of Rights, came the founding of the
Bill of Rights. Without boundaries a ruler will abuse his power over the people.
Therefore in order for a ruler to lead a democratic government he must have boundaries
and regulations to abide by.

The Magna Carta became the first stepping stone to a constitutional monarchy in England.
The need for this document came about when King John neglected the people’s rights. On
June 15,1215, King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta. Thereby, when King John signed
the Magna Carta his power demarcated and his authority lessened. The Magna Carta stated
“We have also granted to all free men of our realm, on the part of ourselves and our heirs
forever; all the subjoined liberties, to have and to hold, to them and to the heirs, from
us and from our heirs” (Magna Carta sec1). This passage said that people have the right
to liberty at all time and the king nor any other person could take that right away. The
Magna Carta also dealt with the court and justice system. It declared “To none will we
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