Magna Carta In DC

Magna Carta In DC

This year Magna Carta turns 800 years old, and the birthday party has come to Washington DC. One of the four surviving copies of the original 1215 edition of the charter of liberties is visiting here in the Nation’s Capitol. Lincoln Cathedral has lent its copy to the Library of Congress. The “Mother of All Constitutions” will be exhibited through there through January 19th.

Of course, if old documents are not your thing, head to the National Archives. They have a copy of that newfangled Magna Carta, the one from 1297.


“Two Magna Cartas in DC,” Geoff Edgers, Washington Post

“Just how important is Magna Carta 800 years on?,” Nick Higham, BBC News


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Image (“King John Posts Magna Carta to His Facebook Wall”)  by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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