The Magna Carta
of 1297
Legislation surviving

Introduction By 1998 most of the provisions of the Magna Carta of 1215 have been repealed or replaced by modern legislation.
However, some parts of the version re-issued in 1297 by King Edward I are still live legislation today. The 1297 version was virtually the same as the Charter granted earlier by Henry III in 1225. The Lacock Abbey Magna Carta dates from the ninth year of Henry III, 1225.
Of the 37 clauses in the 1297 version only 4 still remain, but are on the statute book as Chapter 25, Edward I.
These remaining laws are reproduced below.
Magna Carta - Clauses still in Force today
25 EDW1 (MAGNA CARTA) (1297) The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, and of the liberties of the Forest; confirmed by King Edward, in the Twenty-fifth year of his Reign.
Edward by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, and Duke of Guyan, to all archbishops, bishops and to whom these present letters shall come, greeting. We have seen the Great Charter of the Lord Henry sometime King of England, our father, of the Liberties of England in these words:
Henry by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Guyan, and Earl of Anjou, to all archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, sheriffs, provosts, officers, and to all bailiffs, and other our faithful subjects, which shall see this present charter, greeting: Know ye, that we, unto the honour of Almighty God, and for the salvation of our soul and the souls of our progenitors and successors Kings of England, to the advancement of holy church and amendment of our realm, of our meer and free will, have given and granted to all archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, and to all freemen of this our realm these liberties following, to be kept in our kingdom of England for ever.
Chapter 1 Confirmation of Liberties First, we have granted to God, and by this our present charter have confirmed, for us and our heirs for ever, that the Church of England shall be free, and shall have all her whole rights and liberties inviolable. We have granted also, and given to all the freemen of our realm, for us and our heirs for ever, these liberties underwritten, to have and to hold to them and their heirs, of us and our heirs for ever.
Chapter 9 Liberties of London, etc The city of London shall have all the old liberties and customs which it hath been used to have. Moreover we will and grant that all other cities, boroughs, towns, and the barons of the five ports, and all other ports, shall have all their liberties and free customs.
Chapter 29 Imprisonment, etc contrary to law No freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his freehold, or liberties, or free customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will we not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgement of his peers, or by the law of the land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either justice or right.
Chapter 37 Escuage Reserving to all archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, templars, hospitallers, earls, barons, and all persons, as well spiritual as temporal, all their free liberties and free customs, which they have had in time past. And all these customs and liberties aforesaid, which we have granted to be holden within this our realm as much as appertaineth to us and our heirs, we shall observe; and all men of this our realm, as well spiritual as temporal, as much as in them is, shall observe the same against all persons in like wise. And for this our gift and grant of these liberties, and of other contained in our charter of liberties of our forest, the archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, knights, freeholders, and other our subjects, have given unto us the fifteenth part of all their movables. And we have granted unto them on the other part, that neither we nor our heirs shall procure or do anything whereby the liberties in this charter contained shall be infringed or broken. And if any thing be procured by any person contrary to the premises, it shall be had of no force nor effect. These being witnesses; Lord B Archbishop of Canterbury E Bishop of London, J Bishop of Bathe, P of Winchester, H of Lincoln, R of Salisbury, W of Rochester, W of Worcester, J of Ely, H of Hereford, R of Chichester, W of Exeter, Bishops; the Abbot of St Edmunds, the Abbot of St Albans, the Abbot of Battle, the Abbot of St Augustine's in Canterbury, the Abbot of Evesham, the Abbot of Westminster, the Abbot of Peterborough, the Abbot of Reding, the Abbot of Abingdon, the Abbot of Malmsbury, the Abbot of Winchcomb, the Abbot of Hyde, the Abbot of Certesey, the Abbot of Sherburn, the Abbot of Cerne, the Abbot of Abbotsbury, the Abbot of Middleton, the Abbot of Selby, the Abbot of Cirencester, H de Burgh (Justice), H Earl of Chester and Lincoln, W Earl of Salisbury, W Earl of Warren, G de Clare Earl of Gloucester and Hereford, W de Ferrars Earl of Derby, W de Mandeville Earl of Essex, H de Bygod Earl of Norfolk, W Earl of Albemarle, H Earl of Hereford, J Constable of Chester, R de Ros, R Fitzwalter, R de Vyponte, W de Bruer, R de Muntefichet, F Fitzherbert, W de Aubenie, F Gresly, F de Breus, J de Monmouth, J Fitzallen, H de Mortimer, W de Beauchamp, W de St John, P de Mauly, Brian de Lisle, Thomas de Multon, R de Argenteyn, G de Nevil, W de Mauduit, J de Balun, and others.
We, ratifying and approving these gifts and grants aforesaid, confirm and make strong all the same for us and our heirs perpetually, and by the tenor of these presents do renew the same: Willing and granting for us and our heirs, that this charter and all and singular his articles for ever shall be stedfastly, firmly, and inviolably observed; and if any article in the same charter contained yet hitherto peradventure hath not been kept we will and by authority royal command from henceforth firmly they be observed.
In witness whereof we have caused these our letters patents to be made. Witness Edward our son at Westminster, the twelfth day of October in the twenty-eighth year of our reign.
Prepared for the St Edmundsbury website
by David Addy, August 1998

Books consulted:
English Medieval Monasteries 1066-1539
Yesterdays Town - Bury St Edmunds by Margaret Statham

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