Charter of Liberties Law and Legal Definition

Charter of Liberties refers to the formal statement by the Crown of the privileges of the nobility.

The Charter of Liberties was a landmark proclamation issued by Henry I of England during 1100 AD after ascending his throne. This charter bound the King of England to laws regarding the treatment of nobles and church officials. The immediate cause for this proclamation was the abuse of royal power such as over-taxation of the barons, the abuse of vacant sees, and the practices of simony and pluralism by Henry I’s brother William Rufus.