The Magna Carta Project was a turning point for human rights. Signed by the King of England in 1215, the Magna Carta gave the Church the right to be free of government interference. It also gave individuals the right to own and inherit property and be protected from excessive taxes. It gave widows who owned property the right to remain unmarried and established principles of due process and equality under the law. Finally, it contained provisions forbidding bribery and misconduct under office.