Oxford lecturer, Dr. Hannah Skoda, in medieval history's blog, - http://ideasnowandthen.blogspot.co.uk/ - has much about law in medieval times and now.
She suggests the Magna Carta greatly gave the benefits of law, and a legal system, to 'freemen' in the 1200s, but not many people were 'freemen' then.
She begins this blog entry:
"One of the most famous clauses of Magna Carta states that law is there for everyone – ‘to no one will we deny right or justice’. But we all know that everyone doesn’t mean everyone. Who was excluded? Quite simply, the charter only included freemen – and huge numbers In England in 1215 were technically unfree and therefore ineligible for the supposed guarantees and protections offered by law…."
Thanks for your edifying blog entries.
Skoda, Hannah. 2013. WHO IS LAW FOR?. June 26. Oxford, UK: Now and Then Blog.
I've added this entry - http://ideasnowandthen.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/who-is-law-for-one-of-most-famous.html - to the 'Law,' wiki Subject - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Law - at World University and School (which is like Wikipedia with MIT OCW), and which is planning, online, Creative Commons' licensed, (so free), MIT-centric, university degrees (bachelor, Ph.D., law, and M.D.) in many countries and languages, including Law Schools in all 204+ nation states (per the "Olympics"), and in their main languages. (Wikipedia is in 285 languages, by way of comparison).
Here's the beginning, online, Law School at WUaS, in English ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Law_School ... In the spirit of the Magna Carta, I hope WUaS might extend free, accredited (if possible,) legal education toward law degrees, in all countries, plus more.
Would you like to start a Medieval History, wiki, subject at WUaS, in English (and perhaps in German eventually, too) - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - and help focus it over time? We could then add this whole blog. :)
(I saw your posting about this in academia.edu - http://oxford.academia.edu/HannahSkoda).