Date
20 August 2017
Four originals of the Magna Carta are on display at the British Library in London. Photo: Reuters
Four originals of the Magna Carta are on display at the British Library in London. Photo: Reuters

Magna Carta originals united to mark 800th anniversary

The four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta have been brought together for the first time in London, BBC News reported.

It is one of the most important, well-known documents in history, and this year marks its 800th anniversary.

More than 40,000 people entered a public lottery to see them, and 1,125 won the chance to see all four at the British Library over three days.

The Magna Carta was authorised on June 15, 1215 at Runnymede, England.

King John agreed to sign it to appease rebel barons in the heat of battle.

It is considered one of the first steps toward parliamentary democracy and includes the principle that no one is above the law, including the king.

After three days, the documents will be taken to the House of Lords for one day before two are returned to the British Library and the others are taken back to the cathedrals at Lincoln and Salisbury, where they are kept.

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