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Magna Carta copies to be reunited

Four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, seen as the cornerstone of Britain’s Constitution, will be brought together in 2015 for the first time in history to mark the document’s 800th anniversary. Two of the copies belong to the British Library, one is owned by Lincoln Cathedral and one by Salisbury Cathedral. The event, to be held at the British Library, will take place over three days and launch a year of celebrations across the U.K. and the world. Magna Carta, meaning Great Charter, was agreed at Runnymede, Surrey in 1215 between King John and rebel barons who captured London. Though almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, it established a number of important principles including the idea that no one is above the law, the right to a fair trial, and limits on taxation without representation. It inspired the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. — PTI



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