What is the Magna Carta?
The Magna Carta is a document which was issued in 1215 by King John of England in a bargain with a group of rebellious barons. ‘Magna Carta’ literally means ‘the Great Charter’ and it is one of the most famous documents in the world.
Why is the Magna Carta so famous?
The Magna Carta established the principle that everyone, including the monarch, is subject to the rule of law. It also says that all ‘free men’ have a right to justice and to a fair trial. Some of the Magna Carta’s key principles are reflected in constitutional documents around the world including the United States Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Magna Carta is seen as an international symbol of freedom and Nelson Mandela even cited it in his trial in 1964. 2015 anniversary
This year marks 800 years since the Magna Carta was sealed on 15th June 1215. The four surviving copies of the 1215 Magna Carta are held by the British Library in London (which has two copies), Lincoln Castle and Salisbury Cathedral. Each of these places is hosting an exhibition to mark the anniversary and
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