(47) All forests that have been created in our reign shall at once be disafforested. River-banks that have been enclosed in our reign shall be treated similarly

from Barons of King John of England – The Magna Carta on Rap Genius

Meaning

The “forests” this document refers to weren’t necessarily forests in the modern sense — some didn’t even incorporate trees! The word, derived from the Latin foresta (meaning “outer wood”), referred to land partitioned off for royal hunting purposes.

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