June 2015 anniversaries: Magna Carta and Waterloo

Posted by Hattie Wilson, Senior Marketing Executive

With two important anniversaries coming in June, we thought that we should update you on the special events that are planned throughout the world to honour these landmark moments in European history.

Magna Carta

On the 15th June 1215, the Magna Carta was agreed by King John of England at Runnymede. This important document is now held by the British Library and the cathedrals of Lincoln and Salisbury. On 3rd February this year, the four original texts were displayed together by the British Library for one day only.

To celebrate 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, British artist Cornelia Parker has been commissioned to create a new piece for the British Library. This is to be unveiled on 15th May and displayed until July. Additionally, Lincoln Castle have built a new visitors centre which displays the original text from 1215 alongside the second issue of the Magna Carta: The Charter of the Forest.

Royal Holloway has built a Magna Carta themed app for the anniversary. Students made Runnymede Explored which explains the history of the Great Charter and the associated historical sites.

Magna Carta events include a range of diverse and exciting projects, from The Globe staging Shakespeare’s King John to a series of international lectures. You can find out more about the Magna Carta events by clicking here.

Ashgate publishes a range of titles exploring the history of law from the medieval period right through to the twentieth century. You can view the full list of titles here, or there are a few relevant titles listed below:

  • King John (Mis)Remembered
  • Ideas and Solidarities of the Medieval Laity
  • The Theory and Practice of Revolt in Medieval England
  • Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World
  • Imprisoning Medieval Women
  • Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide
  • Law as Profession and Practice in Medieval Europe
  • The Profession and Practice of Medieval Canon Law
  • Conflict in Medieval Europe
  • Ritual, Text and Law
  • Bishops, Texts and the Use of Canon Law
  • Feud, Violence and Practice
  • Alternate Histories and the Early Modern Topical Cluster of King John Plays
  • Markets, Trade and Economic Development in England and Europe, 1050-1550

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on 18th June 1815, just south of Brussels. Commemorative events are taking place throughout Europe, including a large-scale re-enactment on the bicentenary itself, with thousands of actors, horses and canons. The English Heritage have a special ‘Waterloo 1815’ exhibition displayed at Wellington Arch, which includes handwritten orders from Wellington, his sword and a pair of original ‘Wellington boots’. The Royal Museums Greenwich, Windsor Castle and the National Portrait Museum are just some of those with special events devoted to the Battle, Wellington or Napoleon. To view a full list of the planned dedicated collections and events, simply visit the National Army Museum’s website.

Ashgate publish a number of titles on the Battle of Waterloo, and on Maritime History  generally. Below are a few suggested titles, or you can click here for more on Maritime History.

  • Inside Napoleonic France
  • Resisting Napoleon
  • Staging the Peninsular War
  • Naval Court Martial, 1793-1815
  • Representing the Royal Navy

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