Of Priests, Money Changers and Scribes – Part II

The Great Charter, The Great Theft

“For whatever contractual arrangements I enter into concerning my affairs, they will be adhered to and honoured by my assigns, otherwise they may just as well give up their conditional inheritance arrived at through the contractual obligations I entered into, to have their own affairs and matters dealt with as they please and as is fitting to their needs, by leaving my affairs to others.”

~ A useful maxim for the transfer of intellectual property


The Great Charter, The Great Theft of 1215

What is brought here, to the pages of these writings, is not done so as to cast judgment on the failings of others in the past, from a position that affords us comfort, when indeed the times and nature of events, were such that it could not be, and would never be, a simple matter for ourselves to act with the best possible wisdom, in what were issues of great complexity and difficulty for those involved, in bringing about a state of affairs that could be considered, to be both amicable and beneficial to the desires for peace and above all justice, in the creation of a better future to be had by all.

We cannot think that somehow we would be in any way the wiser, given the difficulties we find ourselves having today, in forging a clear path and direction ahead, that inspires justice for us in our present times and predicaments.

The desire for peace and justice must be seen as a serious one, that in no small measure can it be thought, that material put forward to improve our understanding of past events in order to shine a light on present events for the improvement of man’s affairs in the future, is done so for narrow ambitions, rather than, for the means of gaining access to an education that is imperative for all of us to have, to be able to forge a better world that those with good faith would surely not deny the world at large, when lives do indeed depend on such knowledge being shared.

Here then, for educational purposes only, is material presented in the hopes that it adds to man’s understanding, if not his inspiration for his ambition towards improvement, and in turn deters and diminishes his desire for wrong headed conflict.

What is left to be said, is that despite the good intentions of those drawing our attention to the benefits of political charters in the guise of constitutions, the benefits of which have been immeasurable, it is to be remembered that they are nevertheless broadly drawn, personally owned private ‘written instruments’, as intellectual property of a contractual nature, that do not supplement the freedoms of free willed people, but can be seen to usurp those freedoms in place of those endowed by Natural Law provided for by Nature’s Cause from where true law is derived, if individuals contract to them.

Finally, let us not be distracted as to become forgetful of remembering that, ‘it is for those who are party to a charter, to ensure that the restrictions placed on them by a charter do not extend to freemen’, no matter how flattering the presentation of a charter, or how flattering the contents of a charter appear to be.



e) From there, we are not surprised to find that ‘written instruments’ are considered to be ‘someone’s property’ and are recognised as such by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), who go on to say, in their ‘About IP’ web-page –

“What is Intellectual Property? Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as….”

Taken from the material to be found part way down the source document linked, under the subtitled heading –






King John signed the Magna Carta at Runnymede on the 19th June 1215.

MPs call for anniversary debate on ‘new Magna Carta’

Does Britain need a new Magna Carta?

Magna Carta is the constitutional charters in English law from 1215 onwards

Magna Carta

Constitution of the United Kingdom

United Kingdom: IP Laws and Treaties

An explanatory note concerning the origins of the United Kingdom intellectual property legal regime

World Intellectual Property Organization





Having read from, ‘Of Priests, Money Changers and Scribes’,

‘Middle Templars took the Charter’s principles with them to America in the same years. Five members of Inner or Middle Temple would sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776, seven Middle Templars the American Constitution in 1787. Such links remain strong: the American Ambassador, Chief Justice and Attorney General are all Honorary Benchers of Middle Temple.’


We go on from there, to read from the following with the Templars assuredly present both in the background and at the fore of events as the great banker monk knights of this world, together with baronial fealty to the church, of the Vaticans interests being represented,

May-July 1213. The King submitted to the Pope….The King’s excommunication was lifted, and in return he offered a golden mark which he borrowed from the Master of the Temple.

* 3 October 1213. The King was at the Temple, to confirm at St Paul’s Cathedral that the Pope was now the feudal lord of the King and his kingdom.


St Paul’s Cathedral


16-23 November 1214. The King was in the Temple. On 21 November he issued from the Temple the charter granting ‘with the common consent of our barons’ free elections to cathedral and conventual churches, and on 22 November a grant to St Paul’s Cathedral.

7-15 January 1215. The barons, lacking a prince to claim or put upon the throne, were demanding the King’s own allegiance to a charter….The barons gave him warning: they were pledging themselves, one and all, as a wall of defence for the house of the Lord and would stand firm for the liberty of the Church and the realm.
On 15 January the cathedral and convent charter of 21 November 2014 was reissued from the Temple.



Google Search: the cathedral and convent charter of 21 November 2014

Westminster Abbey Charters, 1066 – c.1214 – London Record Society 25

Justice Service – St Edmundsbury Cathedral


7-9 May 1215. The King was in the Temple. On 9 May the charter was issued from the Temple that guaranteed to the City of London the right freely to elect its own Lord Mayor. ‘Know that we have granted, and by this our present writing confirmed, to our barons of our city of London, that they may choose to themselves every year a mayor, who to us may be faithful, discreet, and fit for government of the city, so as, when he shall be chosen, to be presented unto us, or our justice if we shall not be present.’ The Lord Mayor still processes on the day of his or her installation to the Royal Courts of Justice to appear before the Lord Chief Justice.


Magna Charta

Earls and barons were common tiltles for landowners in England –

JOHN, by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of
Normandy and Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to his archbishops,
bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs,
stewards, servants, and to all his officials and loyal subjects,

The 25 Barons of Magna Carta

The early settlers in the United States took with them copies of the Magna Carta.

The National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Magna Carta Barons

Magna Carta Barons Association

Lord Mayor of London

Additional –

The Magna charta barons and their American descendants

Baronial Order of Magna Charta


28 May 2015. The King received the imperial regalia of his grandmother the Empress Matilda from the custody of the Master of the Temple.

15 June 1215. The King sealed the Charter. William Marshal Earl of Pembroke and Brother Aymeric, Master of the Temple, were listed among those who had advised the King. The Earl’s eldest son was one of the Twenty-Five surety barons, appointed to ensure the King’s conformity to the Charter’s terms.


William Marshal Earl of Pembroke

We read under the title, Death and legacy,

Fulfilling the vow he had made while on crusade, he was invested into the order of the Knights Templar on his deathbed.

Justice Service – St Edmundsbury Cathedral


12 November 1216. The Earl of Pembroke reissued the Charter under his own seal.

6 November 1217. The Earl of Pembroke again reissued the Charter under his own seal. Particular clauses were removed and issued separately as the Charter of the Forest; the remaining reissued clauses from 1215 were from now on known as the Great Charter.


William Marshal Earl of Pembroke
In the fifth paragraph, we read –
Marshal spent two years in the Holy Land fighting for King Guy of Jerusalem and the Knights’ Templar.

William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke
We read –
William….entrusted Henry to the care of Pandulf, the Papal legate


* 1225. King Henry III reissued the Great Charter, in order to secure a grant of taxation.

1235-6. Henry III and Queen Eleanor bequeathed their bodies to the Templars. The Templars replaced the small chancel of the Temple Church with the present hall church to be the burial place of the King and Queen.

* 1237, 1244, 1251. A grant of taxation was made to the King upon the confirmation of the Charter. The meeting of the Great Council in 1237 was described as a Parliament, the word’s first use in the vocabulary of our constitution.

Summer 1258. The Council established by the Provisions of Oxford met daily, in the Temple and elsewhere, ‘spending wakeful nights,’ the Pope was told, ‘to prepare peace for others.’

March 1259. The Council proclaimed in the Temple its first set of proposals, the foundational Provisions of the English Barons, ‘on account of the common good of the whole realm and of the King himself’. The King summoned Parliament to the Tower, demanding that the barons come unarmed. The barons refused, and insisted on Westminster. Parliament in fact met at the Temple, a compromise safe for both sides.

12 October 1297. Edward I re-issued the Great Charter. An official copy was for the first time enrolled by the Chancery and copied into the earliest of the Chancery’s Statute Rolls as an official enactment of the text.



Who’s who in the Middle Ages – edited by John Fines


The First Century of Magna Carta by Ralph Turner



Quoting from the passages of the Daily Mail of 4th August, 2014, we note –

“Prince Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, was wearing the Royal Navy Ceremonial Day Dress with medals. He is Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal Navy.”

‘On a summer’s day 100 years ago, the world changed’: Prince Charles and David Cameron lead Glasgow Cathedral commemoration to mark Britain entering the First World War

Comment –

The costume of the Prince is very telling as to which Territorial Jurisdiction his office, necessarily and quite rightly belongs, and is to be found. Therefore, are we not to ask, ‘and not for want of sacrifice what was that that was to be gained, if not to throw the unwary into confusion as to their personal jurisdiction found in freewill, of which loss would lead them to the confiscation of their livelihoods, in exchange for the phantoms and trinkets of fiction. Yet brave were they to a man. As for the condemned, those conscientious objectors of wrong headed violence, who will now speak for them.’


Laws of Forests


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