To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Holkham will be holding an exhibition on the role of Sir Edward Coke, one of England’s foremost jurists. His reinterpretation and use of Magna Carta helped to limit the powers of the Stuart kings and, when opposing them, he used Magna Carta to help draw up The Petition of Rights.
In 1628, as a precondition to granting any future taxes, parliament forced King Charles I to assent to The Petition of Rights. This asked for a settlement of parliament’s complaints against the King’s non-parliamentary taxation and imprisonments without trial, plus the unlawfulness of martial law and forced billets.
More than a hundred years later, the cry at the Boston Tea Party of “no taxation without representation” highlighted one of the major grievances of the American colonies and so provides a direct link back through to Sir Edward Coke’s interpretation of Clause 12 of Magna Carta from the original 1215 manuscript.
Holkham’s exhibition will run from 14th June to 29th October 2015. It is part of the nationwide event, LiberTeas, where we take tea to celebrate the role of Magna Carta. For the launch of the exhibition a supply of black China tea, blended to reproduce the flavour of the tea found in tea chests on East India Company ships in Boston Harbour, will be on offer as a free sample to visitors on 14th June.
Usual Hall access in that we can assist wheelchair users to go up Marble Hall stairs to enjoy the state apartments and room in which exhibition will be displayed.