The Magna Carta is a document that King John of England was forced to sing. Forced into signing because it reduced the power he held as the King of England and allowed the formation of a powerful parliament. Also it was a collection of 37 English laws, some copied, some recollected, some old and some new. Its purpose was to make the king govern by the old English laws. The content of the Magna Carta was drafted by Archbishop Stephen Langton on June 10, 1215.