Last Four Copies of the Magna Carta Displayed to the Last Four People in London Not Named Patel

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magna cartaLONDON — You can’t exactly call it a reunion — the four surviving original Magna Cartas had never before been in the same place. So the British Library called it a “unification event” Monday when the priceless documents were put on display together for the first time. The event marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which established the timeless principle that no individual, even a monarch, is above the law. In 1215, 40 rebellious barons came together to declare their rights to King John, and he reluctantly consented to their demands in an attempt to avoid civil war. It included acknowledgements that taxes cannot be arbitrary, that free men cannot be imprisoned without first being judged by their peers or the law and that justice cannot be denied or delayed. (read more at the Maine Edge)

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