Surviving Copies Of Magna Carta To Be Reunited For First Time In 2015

Category: Media & Culture / Jul 15, 2013 4:31PM EDT

The four surviving pieces of Britain’s Magna Carta will come together in 2015.

In honor of the charter’s 800-year anniversary, the document that first defined government powers as limited by law published in 1215 will be united at the national library in London for a three-day exhibition.

The four documents are currently held by the Lincoln Library, Salisbury Cathedral and the British Library.

Magna Carta, which means “The Great Charter”, was written in Latin on sheepskin parchment, and the document limited King John by asserting for the first time that English royalty was subject to law.

Its principles influenced the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"We are really excited today to be announcing our plans to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. At the beginning of 2015 we are going to bring together the four surviving original Magna Carta documents that were granted in 1215. Two of those are held here at the British Library and the other two are held at Lincoln and Salisbury cathedrals," Claire Breay, lead curator of medieval and earlier manuscripts at the British Library, said.

The British Library hopes the event in 2015 will give researchers and the public a chance to study the texts side-by-side to look for clues about the still-unknown authors of the work.

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