Linda Colley, Department of History

A Changing Magna Carta: Past, Present and Future

Mon, 02/23/2015
120 Lewis Library
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Special Lecture to Commemorate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta - please note location

Magna Carta poses some tremendous paradoxes. Most obviously, it is one of the world's most iconic texts, but it has nonetheless often been both little read and mis-read. In this lecture, Linda Colley explores some of the marked changes in the circulation and interpretation  of Magna Carta since the 17th century, and its multiple and increasingly international uses.

Linda Colley, the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton, is a historian who specialises in post-1700 British history, a focus which has led her into studies of nationalism, empire and global history. She is author of a number of critically-acclaimed books. They include In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-1760 (1982), Namier (1988), Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (1992) which won the Wolfson Prize, Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 (2002) and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh (2007), which was named by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year.

In 2014, Linda Colley was listed by Sunday Times as one of the 100 most influential Britons.

Her most recent work is Acts of Union and Disunion, a 15-part BBC Radio 4 series and book about what has held the United Kingdom together – and what might drive it apart. She also writes regularly on history, politics and art for newspapers and magazines; including The GuardianLondon Review of Books, New York Review of Books and New Republic. She has served on the Board of the British Library, the Council of Tate Gallery of British Art, the Advisory Board of the Yale Center of British Art and been a Trustee of Princeton University Press.