Who benefitted from Magna Carta?

Lesson rationale

The significance of Magna Carta is debated by historians, and many point to its legacy in later centuries for a true appreciation of its significance. But what was its significance at the time? Did people in the 13th century believe it to be a cornerstone of their rights and liberties? This activity aims to explore the significance of Magna Carta in the context of the 13th century based upon the clauses and the impact of these on the groups identified.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What groups of people made up society in the 13th century and how numerous were they?
  • What particular people or groups are mentioned in Magna Carta and to whom did it apply?