This year 2015 it will be 800 years since the Magna Carta was agreed between King John and his Barons, so enshrining the rule of law in English society and limiting authoritarian rule. Visit the ten Charter towns and many villages connected with this period of history, the 800th anniversary of this corner stone of modern freedom
Bury St Edmunds Abbey ruins, Suffolk, England, UK. In 1214, the Archbishop of Canterbury and 25 barons swore at the high altar that they would make King John sign the charter that would become Magna Carta. He signed it (under protest) at Runnymede the following year. The top and bottom photos show the high altar where the barons made their vow; the middle engravings mark the spot and list the 25 barons. The town’s motto is “Shrine of a King; Cradle of the Law”.