It appears that the earliest codification of the theory that accused persons were entitled to the right to be represented by an attorney occurred about 1791, when the sixth amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed. While the English Magna Carta of 1215 was an attempt to curb the absolute power of monarchy, most of the theories embodied in the Magna Carta did not really become widely accepted until the 17th and 18th Century. Prior to that, however, the fledgling nation of Israel was a nation governed by law – and by Judges – who administered the law during the periods of 1150 to 1025 B.C. When the citizens of Israel became disillusioned when faced with the prospect of corrupt judges, they insisted upon a king. But, even then, the king was regarded as being subject to the law.