Dan Jones has written one of the most engaging and eminently readable history books, I have ever read. How did this strange document that dwells on tax relief and greater fishing rights gain legendary status? The Magna Carta is lauded around the world as the founding document of Western liberty. Its principles are found in the U.S. Bill of Rights and in the Constitution. Jones takes us back to 1215, the turbulent year when the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty between England’s King John and a group of self-interested, violent barons who were tired of his high taxes and endless foreign wars; the treaty would fail within two months of its confirmation, but became the document which marked the first time a king was forced to obey his own laws.This book covers all aspects of its birth and subsequent modifications over the following centuries. A marvelous achievement. A history book for everyone!