Magna Carta fo­cus for an­nual lec­ture

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Sir John Baker with Gaby Bat­trick, Robin Rus­sel­lJones and Bar­bara Askew, mem­bers of The Stoke Poges So­ci­ety SO­CI­ETY mem­bers con­tin­ued an an­nual tra­di­tion by hear­ing a lec­ture in hon­our of a his­tor­i­cal vil­lage fig­ure.

The Stoke Poges So­ci­ety heard the third Ed­ward Coke Me­mo­rial Lec­ture on Wed­nes­day, July 16 at Stoke Park Ho­tel.

The lec­ture is held once a year on the sub­ject of Ed­ward Coke, who was one of the coun­try’s most im­por­tant lawyers in the late 1500s and early 1600s.

He served as At­tor­ney Gen­eral and presided over the tri­als of fig­ures such as Sir Wal­ter Raleigh and the gun­pow­der plot­ters in­clud­ing Guy Fawkes.

Coke owned Stoke Poges Manor House from 1596 un­til 1634 and last week’s talk was given by Sir John Baker, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Cam­bridge Univer­sity.

This year, the talk dealt with Coke’s re­viv­ing of the prin­ci­ples of the Magna Carter in 1628, and was given to co­in­cide with the orig­i­nal seal­ing of the fa­mous doc­u­ment 800 years ago.


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