Synopsis: It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.
Director(s): Jonathan English
Production: Arc Entertainment
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121 min

England, in the year 1215,

had been under the reign

of King John for 16 years.

The most villainous

of England's monarchs,

John was renowned

for losing wars with France,

levying punitive taxes,

and sleeping with the wives of barons.

The barons finally rebelled

against their king,

and became locked

in a bloody civil war

lasting for over three years

and decimating both armies.

In time, the Knights Templar

were drawn into this conflict.

With the help of

these highly trained warrior monks,

King John and his royal army

were eventually defeated.

It was agreed that John

could remain on the throne,

on one condition...

that he would sign a document

upholding the rights and privileges

of all free men,

but ultimately limiting

the power of the monarchy.

Make it count.

The Magna Carta

was sealed at Runnymede

on the 15th of June

in the year of our Lord 1215.

It will be remembered

throughout history.

What is not remembered

is what King John did next.



It's time.


Hyah! Hyah!

England welcomes you.

Does the Pope hold his word?

Oh, how have faith,

Captain Tiberius.

His Eminence

is waiting to hear you hold to yours.

The Church will stay out of your lands,

you have his word.

We'll get your country back.

What say you?

Abbot Marcus.

We seek shelter from the storm.

Open the gates!

Come and help.

What business do you have here?

Our business is with God at Canterbury.

We need only shelter.

Shelter you shall have. Food also.

You treat the Lord's servants well.

You wear the mark of the Templars,

yet you carry no swords.

These men have no more need to fight.

Templars masking their faith

and travelling without swords.

How noble!

As God is our witness, Baron,

these men have nothing to hide.

Abbot, save your benedictions.

The Templars fought against the King.

Now you sleep in a king's castle.

These men have plenty to hide.

You there. What say you?

They say nothing.

They hold vows of silence.

Templars without tongues.

Very well.

Just be gone by the morning.

Back inside!


When I accept guardianship over men

who take the vows of silence,

I'm also informed of what led them to me

in the first place.

I know the Templars

placed a heavy burden on you.

I know you're deeply scarred.

The cross on your tunic

is a symbol

of your faith in God's will.

It should not be full of the torment

it now bears upon your soul.

When we arrive at Canterbury,

I'm requesting your leave from

the Order of the Knights Templar.

Garrison men!

King John!

Men, to the gates!

It's the King!

Open the gates for the King!


Marshal, did you see royal colours?

Is that your hand, Darnay?

Forced, Your Highness.

The barons threatened my life,

forcing me to sign it and betray you.

I know the feeling.

Hang him!

This insanity must cease.

Open the door.

His quarrel is not with us.

If you three stand before the King,

there will be nothing but death.

What good fortune, Darnay.

It seems you will have your last rites.

My Lord, Templars.

He's travelling en route

to Canterbury with Templars.

To what do I owe the pleasure

of the Church visiting my castle?

We were in the storm, sire.

Baron Darnay granted us your hospitality.

- We?

- My fellow priests.

Ah, yes, I heard.


Sire, we entered your castle

as unarmed men. We seek no fight.

Are you aware, Abbot,

that your kind stood at Runnymede

and forced my signature,

and now you sleep under my roof?

Your Highness,

we travel to Canterbury

with simple articles of faith.

I ask your mercy that we may pass.

And I will grant you the same mercy

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