When I saw the advertising for the Medieval Festival this long weekend at Old Parliament House, I was intrigued to say the least. Family fun, medieval crafts and games, juggling lessons, dress ups, medieval food - what an unusual and fun way to celebrate the Queen's Birthday on public holiday Monday!
The Festival is to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. I ran a little survey amongst my family and friends to see if they knew what the Magna Carta is - some of them knew about it in full detail, while others looked at me blankly and asked "The Magna what?".
In short, The Magna Carta is a document that was written back in 1215 (hence the 800 year anniversary this year) which basically wrote the rules of government limiting power of the monarchy and safeguarding human rights - that our government still abides by today.
The BBC summarised the main points, as:
1/ No one is above the law, even the King (referring to King John at the time).
2/ Right to a fair trial
3/ People who are taxed should have some kind of representation.
The Magna Carta, photo and information courtesy of Simple English Wikipedia.