The Magna Carta: 800 Years

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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!

Royal News: The Magna Carta and More PT 1 & 2

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Magna Carta Conservation Treatment

1297 copy of the Magna Carta, purchased by the...

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The Magna Carta (in English, “The Great Charter”) is the guarantee of English liberty granted by King John at Runnymede on June 15, 1215. Under pressure from his feudal barons, the king was made to sign this document to limit his powers by law.

It essentially stated that the king’s will was not arbitrary, and no one could be punished except through the law of the land, a right which is still in existence today. It laid the groundwork for the United States Constitution.

Below, National Archives conservators discuss the weeks of work spent on the conservation treatment of the Magna Carta, the first phase of a major project leading its re-encasement and public display. This particular document was written on parchment in 1297, one of 17 surviving versions of Magna Carta in the world today.

The full translation of the Magna Carta can be found at the National Archives.

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