The Magna Carta was a charter written with the intention of resolving ongoing conflicts between King John and his subjects, primarily the barons. It established a new relationship between the crown and its subjects, and attempted to re-balance power within the state. The Magna Carter was one of the earliest written documents outlining the rule of law, and the establishment of fundamental rights and freedoms for citizens. Although it was not properly enforced, and so was annulled soon after, it presented the classic liberalistic views in regards to equality before the law, even for rulers, and it also ensured individual rights and freedoms to each person.
The Magna Carta contributed to the development of classic liberalism through the introduction of many of its main ideals, such as the rule of law, and individual rights and freedoms. It is often regarded as the foundation to modern democracy in England, and still remains a significant symbolic power in regards to individual rights and equal treatment before the law, which are central to classic liberalism.