Looking for a readable overview of the Magna Carta and its historical context? I've just finished Nicholas Vincent's Very Short Introduction to the subject. What a great little book, full of interesting details and thoughtful insights. From the birth of Angevin England to the reign of King John and beyond, Vincent's work uncovers the roots of the Magna Carta and orients it within subsequent developments to England's legal system. The book is well organized, deliberate, and best of all - brings the history of medieval England to life. Hats off to Vincent for this great new addition to the series.