I had the honor of seeing this amazing copy of the Magna Carta at the Boston Museum of Fine Art last August. It is awe-inspiring to think of what happened at the historic Battle at Runnymede while looking at the document.
June 15th, 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The Great Charter was signed by King John to appease his rebellious barons in the midst of battle. Eight centuries later, its enduring legacy has transformed countries all over the world. It outlined the basic rights of man and established that no one was above the law, including the king. It heralded a major shift in the balance of power between the monarch and his people.
The Magna Carta was the gold standard followed by the Founding Fathers as they drafted the Declaration of Independence. In honor of this link, the copy of the Magna Carta seen in Boston’s MFA was shown alongside a silver Sons of Liberty bowl, crafted by the legendary Paul Revere.
It’s an incredibly historic year. Join me here at The Royal Representative for news and events throughout the Magna Carta celebrations!