Beer Day Britain: How the Magna Carta created the humble pint
The Magna Carta is most celebrated for its supposed role in restraining the power of the king and establishing certain fundamental rights – but it could have a more inebriating legacy.
One of the ‘rights’ enshrined by the charter was to have your ale served in a standard measure “throughout the kingdom”.
The provision, which also applied to other goods like wine, corn and cloth, was aimed at restricting the ability of merchants to short-change people by selling things that looked bigger than they actually were.
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