Hodder & Stoughton has acquired historian David Starkey’s “concise, polemical” look at the Magna Carta, to tie in with the 800th anniversary in June 2015 of the signing of the document.
Non-fiction publisher Rupert Lancaster acquired world rights through agent Peter Robinson of Rogers, Coleridge & White. Starkey is also making a documentary about the Magna Carta, which will be shown on the BBC next summer.
Starkey’s book, Magna Carta and Us, will examine the historical background of the Magna Carta, how it created the modern British constitution, its importance for Britain today and its international impact, especially in the US.
Lancaster said: “No one is better qualified to challenge the centuries of myth-making that surround the Magna Carta than [David Starkey].”