800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta

Magna Carta

Magna Carta from Statutes at Large, Volume 1, 1769

800 years ago today in 1215 the Magna Carta, or Great Charter, was signed in Runnymede Meadow, to the west of London. It set the foundations for ensuring that everyone is subject to the laws of the land, including royalty.

While there are only four original copies remaining, you can see a 1769 reproduction of it in the Official Publications collection on level 7 of the library. The Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

If you wish to find out more about the Magna Carta, we have a wealth of material in our collections, a selection of which are listed below;

Categories: Library, Official Publications

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  1. Reblogged this on cautivadulce and commented:
    It was actually the source of the democracy.

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