Magna Charta


This book is composed of two parts. Part I: The Romance of the Great Charter (1939); and Part II: Pedigrees of the Barons (1942).

Part I: The Romance of the Great Charter contains remarks of John S. Wurts before The National Society Magna Charta Dames meeting around the original Magna Charta in the British Pavilion, New York World’s Fair, October 10, 1939. “The story of Magna Charta is indeed a Romance: It is a blending of the heroic, the marvelous and the mysterious, the full significance of which only the imagination can grasp. It is wonderful in its history. It transcends the ordinary. Hence it is a Romance. But who were the heroes? And what was their marvelous achievement?”

Part II: Pedigrees of the Barons contains individual chapters devoted to sureties, which include the family Arms, a list of persons who may claim descent, and varying amounts of genealogical and biological information. Other chapters present: an English translation of the Magna Charta, Queen Boadicea and the Druids, Old King Cole, The Frankish Kings, Clovis and Magister Palatii, The Saxon Kings, Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, The Scottish Kings, King Robert Bruce, The Normans, William the Conqueror, Provence, Castile, King Edward I, King Edward II, King Edward III, The Order of the Garter, The Original Knight Companions, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cyrus Holloway, First Supplement, Second Supplement, Acknowledgements and Bibliography, and The Grandin Family.

A wealth of family crests and other illustrations, and a surname index add to the value of this work.

John S. Wurts

(1945), 2023, 5½x8½, paper, index, 326 pp

ISBN: 9780788430992