* (45) We will appoint as justices, constables, sheriffs, or other officials, only men that know the law of the realm and are minded to keep it well

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


Pretty self-explanatory. This clause is a response to the issue of corruption (promotion of relatives, bribery) in the appointment of public officials, which was (and still sometimes is!) a huge problem.

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