HIS 101
Magna Carta Paragraph Assignment




Everyone has heard it sometime, the phrase, "he steals from the rich, to give to the poor."  That, of course, is a reference to Robin Hood and his Band of Merry Men.  What many do not know is that there has been a lot, and I do mean a lot, of serious scholarship and research into the "tales" of Robin Hood.  In some of the tellings, the bad Prince John in the story is associated with the English King John, signer of the Magna Carta, who is viewed as the bad guy who unjustly stole the throne from his good brother, Richard the Lion-Hearted while Richard was away on the Third Crusade. There have been a number of motion picture portrayals of Robin Hood, notably by Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).  Here is an ok photo of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood.

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Read the Magna Carta document excerpt (along with the short document notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from the Magna Carta (not from the textbook), was the Magna Carta a revolutionary document?
Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Optional Magna Carta Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.



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