"Students of medieval English history and government will welcome the second edition of Sir James Holt's Magna Carta. They will have the comfortable feeling that some consumers had when a long-beloved product, once thought discontinued, returned to the shelves. This is Classic Holt: clearly written, tightly argued, scrupulously documented and commendably thorough, with a concession that Coke was not so bad after all." Albion
"...the best book on the Great Charter of 1215...a stellar performance, combining impeccable and far-reaching scholarship with a graceful style not many medievalists can match." Canadian Journal of History
"It will remain one of the most exciting books to be written on a well-worn theme." History
"...the first full-scale work to place Magna Carta firmly in its historical setting. This scholarly and well-written book will survive to celebrate many an anniversary of its own." The Sunday Telegraph
"[Holt] has an unrivalled command of the forms of action and the machinery of government. He treads this ground as a master and no-one can read his work without a deep respect for the care and accuracy with which he has assembled the details which give a fresh look to one of the most familiar stretches of English history." English Historical Review
"In the quarter of a century since this classic study first appeared, Sir James Holt has continued to advance our understanding of the legal and historical content of the Magna Carta....Holt exponds subtle ideas with a wit and a clarity that only Maitland could rival. Though by no means an easy book, few others could provide so keen an insight into the political and legal preoccupations of medieval England." Times Literary Supplement
An expanded edition of a classic study of the Magna Carta interprets the events of 1215 and the Charter itself in the context of the law, politics and administration of England and Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.