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Magna Carta, the final version issued in 1225 by Henry III (vellum). Written or issued by my 27th Great Grandfather.

Magna Carta, the final version issued in 1225 by Henry III (vellum). Written or issued by my 27th Great Grandfather.

King John ("Lackland") of England signing the Magna Carta in the year 1215.  Rob's 25th great grandfather - brother of Richard Lionheart.

King John ("Lackland") of England signing the Magna Carta in the year 1215. Rob's 25th great grandfather - brother of Richard Lionheart.

Magna Carta in a 14th century English legal compilation, currently on show in our Royal exhibition: London, British Library

Magna Carta in a 14th century English legal compilation, currently on show in our Royal exhibition: London, British Library

We see the Magna Carta is the birth of our democracy. This is a great exercise for children in Years 5 and 6 to write their own rules for school or home, and create their very own democracy!

We see the Magna Carta is the birth of our democracy. This is a great exercise for children in Years 5 and 6 to write their own rules for school or home, and create their very own democracy!

Magna Carta as reissued by King Henry III (reigned 1216–1272): London, British Library, MS Arundel 310, ff. 8v–9r.

Magna Carta as reissued by King Henry III (reigned 1216–1272): London, British Library, MS Arundel 310, ff. 8v–9r.

John signs the Magna Carta or "Great Charter" at Runneymeade. He would almost immediately begin ignoring it.

Magna Carta

John signs the Magna Carta or "Great Charter" at Runneymeade. He would almost immediately begin ignoring it.

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

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”.

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”.

Représentation artistique du roi John signant à contrecœur la Magna Carta, supervisée par les barons et les abbés.

Représentation artistique du roi John signant à contrecœur la Magna Carta, supervisée par les barons et les abbés.

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