Research Adventures: 18th Century English Law

Researching legal process in rural 18th century England (for which purpose may I recommend Dalton’s Country Justice) and I’ve found that at the time (1747), the spelling Magna Charta was more commonly used (source: google ngram), though Magna Carta has now become almost universally standard (as far as I’m aware). I just know that if I try to spell it “charta” I’m going to end up having it flagged by both my beta readers, my editor, and probably a whole pack of readers, so I may as well use the modern spelling.

But my historian’s heart, and Dalton’s Country Justice, will be spelling it Magna Charta.


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