Magna Carta … Now closed


King John signing the Magna Carta by ‘royal seal’ 15 June 1215 at Runnymede

The ink is dry the Seal is set.

Copmpetition entries are being scrutinised

Winner will be notified by June 12th.

Announced publicly June 15th.


The Magna Carta paved the way for the emergence of the House of Commons and democracy as we know it today and became the foundation for the US Constitution. To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the ‘sealing of the Magna Carta,’ Blackheath Dawn is running a FREE competition for under 16s and 16+. Winners will receive a cash prize of £250.00 and a publishing and media exposure package worth in excess of £250.00.

Terry Gilbert-Fellows, CEO talks on ‘the missing document’ that should have accompanied the issue of the Magna Carta on 15 June 1215.

I would hate to hazard a guess as to just how many competitions have been created on the importance of the Magna Carta. Without doubt Magna Carta was and still is important. Yet If we were to just lift the lid on events of 1215 an array of problems would be facing those empowered to distribute the news to the seats of power within the country …..

There would have been immediate needs for ‘Government Information Officers’ Grade 1. These are people capable of disseminating the information contained in that famous document signed and sealed at Runnymede on 15 June 1215; and indeed these officers were probably in short supply.

In addition, because of the background of opposing political pressures, how was the news to be presented? What needed to be considered were the views of the Pope Innocent III and the mighty Roman Catholic church. They had already had more than a tiff about their relative status – who was the more important, the King of England (and supposedly parts of France) or the Pope?

A plot had been hatched in the Abbey at St. Albans no doubt under the influence of the church. What was so influential when presented to the King by the 25 powerful Barons?

We all know that the royal coffers were virtually empty following the King’s disastrous military exploits to regain land in France and that his exploits of imprisoning whole families against full payment of tax demanded was not exactly well looked upon.

Why did King John write to the Pope asking him to make Magna Carta illegal on the basis that he had agreed only under duress? What  difference would it all make to a mainly illiterate population?

In this preamble we have already given you some pointers but in order to enter our free competition you will need to do some research of your own and perhaps dig deeper, wider, whatever, because the competition is to find the best government information statement that would have been sent as a covering document with copies of the Magna Carta when they were delivered to seats of regional and local power across the land. REGISTER HERE!

Close date 23 April 2015 | Competition terms and conditions




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5 Responses to Magna Carta … Now closed

  1. February 25, 2015 at 3:39 am #

    My name is Keletso Mashego and I’m from south Africa.I’d like to know whether the competition is open only to american citizens or can any person from any country apply??

    • Helen February 25, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Keletso, welcome to Blackheath Dawn. We are very happy to accept entries from all over the world. We wish you happy writing and look forward to seeing your entry.


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