Charter of Liberties.Cardinal Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, producing to the Barons and the rest of the Assembly at S.t Edmund's Bury, the Charter granted by Henry the 1st, in which that Monarch pledged himself to abolish the arbitrary Laws of the Normans then in force... Engraved from the Original Picture in the Gallery of the University of Oxford.
London. Pub.d Dec.r 16, 1795 by W.Martin, Hamilton Street, Piccadilly.
Mezzotint. 580 x 650mm. Repaired tears, crack in platemark at bottom.
The Charter of Liberties, was issued by Henry I upon his ascension to the throne in 1100. It is considered a landmark document in English history and a forerunner of Magna Carta, addressing abuses of royal power, such as over-taxation of the barons, the abuse of vacant sees, and the practices of simony and pluralism. However it was generally ignored by monarchs until in 1213 Archbishop Langton reminded the nobles that their liberties had been guaranteed a century before. The Magna Carta was signed two years later.
Frankau 55, state ii of ii. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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