The Wizard and the Magna Carta by L. Martel

This is a 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas of a Wizard who is carrying a document called the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was signed by King John of England in 1215 and is a profoundly important agreement between the ruling class and the people. It declared that no one was above the law not even the King and all men/women had a right to justice and a fair trial. “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.” Wikipedia. Today we seem to have lost sight of this important concept.



33 thoughts on “The Wizard and the Magna Carta by L. Martel

  1. Quote: “No free man shall…” Aye, and there’s the rub. When all was signed and done, nothing was essentially done. The nobility ruled and only the monarchy was slightly embarrassed by this glitch which was essentially forgotten and business as usual. There were very few “free” men in them days, as the lesser “lords” owed their allegiance to greater lords… all the way up the food chain. Hell, “England” still has titled nobility; still supports its vampiristic, saprophytic royal house.
    Wikipedia: ” First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons. Neither side stood behind their commitments, and the charter was annulled by Pope Innocent III, leading to the First Barons’ War.” Skipping some lines here, “Research by Victorian historians showed that the original 1215 charter had concerned the medieval relationship between the monarch and the barons, rather than the rights of ordinary people, but the charter remained a powerful, iconic document, even after almost all of its content was repealed from the statute books in the 19th and 20th centuries.” And so it goes, always. Same goes for the Constitution of the US, or any other great declaration that become popular myths but are neutered in the day-to-day real business of the state.

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  2. Bonjour ou bonsoir SWO8

    Ce jour au soir deux étoiles

    Vont tomber du ciel

    Une sera remplit de sagesse

    L’autre sera chargé de tendresse

    Au loin dans le ciel une brille , celle de notre pacte d’amitié

    Je te souhaite une merveilleuse journée ou soirée

    Tiens au passage je te chante une mélodie , celle de mon cœur

    Bisous , Bernard

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  3. Beautiful painting Leslie, as for the contents of the Magna Carter how I wish some of the people who lead our governments can read it again.
    I read about it in my history class when Zimbabwe (Rhodesia then) was a British colony and our legal system is based on it (only on paper ) because in practice it has been ammended to suit the dictators governing our nation. The ‘no man is above the law’ bit has been ignored totally in my country my prayer is whoever replaces the current corrupt government will strive for the ideals in the Carter. Thank you Leslie.

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  4. I believe Bad King John tried his damndest to get out of it afterwards, but no luck. It’s one of those documents that people part-quote to support whatever their own interest is. If Donald Trump even knew there was such a thing he’d be quoting it right now. own interest is.

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