The Mystery Of The Magna Carta
Excerpt from Chapter 3: The Story Of The Magna Carta - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
“This story is about a very bad King, a wise and courageous Archbishop, and a lot of very irate/angry Barons. It’s a story about how the King’s horribleness was transformed into a very great goodness for everyone after him.” Percy paused.
“You know when there’s a bully at school and he steals your lunch money, and then threatens to beat you up after school if you tell? Every day he makes your life miserable. You live in fear, you now hate going to school, and you marvel at how this bully seems to have no sense of moral conscience at all? Well, that’s sort of what King John was like. Do you know what I mean?”
Jeeves tilted his head knowingly.
“In early medieval days, kings fought with their armies and were mighty warriors, however, being strong and clever was not enough to be a great king. Depending on the heart that drives it – strength can be cruel and cleverness can be devious. The mind of a crook thinks, ‘What can I get away with?’ rather than ‘What is the right thing to do?’ The heart of a tyrant is a crook with a twist – he has no heart.
Do you know what ‘divine right’ is?”
Jeeves knew this, so he sat up very tall, looking rather regal, and then bowed his head as if in prayer.
“That’s right,” Percy smiled. “During the Middle Ages people believed very strongly in God and their concept of a king came from the Bible. The king was supposed to serve God, and obey His laws. He was given his royal position in order to take care of God’s people, to govern with justice and mercy, and establish peace. At his coronation the king was anointed by the archbishop, which made him the holy servant of God. As a result, to defy the king was to defy God, and to rebel or take his life would result in the loss of your very soul!
Well, somewhere along the way some rulers started to think rather highly of themselves! As they had all the privileges, all the wealth and all the power, some monarchs no longer saw their position as a privilege to serve, but as a right to be served.
Back then, kingdoms lived in a constant state of war, and some rulers grew to believe, like the school bully, that ‘might makes right.’ Which can be a very seductive thought to unscrupulous types! Power often twists people’s thinking and over time the Latin phrase ‘Rex non potest peccare – The king can do no wrong’ became a popular motto describing his absolute power."
Excerpt from Chapter 11: The Vicar Comes To The Rescue
"At the end of the service the Vicar made the announcements for the following weeks and then invited the young children from Sunday school to share their drawings and tell what they had learned. This was such a sweet part of the service. The kids were so cute, wriggling and giggling, and dressed so smartly. But it was during the announcements that Percy realized: her prayer had already been answered....
As usual, the congregation met in the new hall after church for tea and biscuits/cookies to catch up on everyone’s news. Percy was enjoying chatting with everyone, but she knew she had to act swiftly before the church closed. After a while she excused herself and quietly slid out the front door, with Jeeves not far behind. While looking for a door she confided to him, “I think I’ve figured it out, Jeeves. I think I know where the portal is, but I need to get up there.”
Jeeves could only think of one way. He raced back into the church, dodging all the high heels, and flew through the air, landing gracefully in Dennis’ lap, hoping to get his undivided attention. Unfortunately this sent Dennis’ tea and biscuits also flying, baptizing Lorna and Parfaite with an extra and unexpected blessing!"
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