John Crace

is a British journalist and critic. He is the author of the “Digested read” column in The Guardian, as well as the newspaper’s Parliamentary sketch writer.


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1215 and all that

Magna Carta, symbol of freedom

On 15 June 1215, King John cut a deal with the barons at Runnymede, near Windsor. 800 years later, the thirteenth century document known as the Magna Carta is of global significance where the nurturing of democratic ideals is concerned. John Crace explains why.

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