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;
- Magna Carta: a very short introduction
- Magna Carta : through the ages
- Magna Carta : manuscripts and myths
- Magna Carta : a commentary on the Great Charter of King John, with an historical introduction
- The formation of the English common law : law and society in England from the Norman Conquest to the Magna Carta
- Left handed liberty : a play about the Magna Carta
- The origins of the English parliament, 924-1327