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The London copy of the 1215 Magna Carta, on display by the British Library. The document was sealed on June 15, 1215.
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June 15, 2015 The landmark birthday prompted a Google Doodle in Britain depicting a man in chains — a reference to the rights that were eventually extended beyond the nobility.
Two original Magna Carta manuscripts from 1215 are on display at the British Library in London.
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April 13, 2015 Issued by an embattled King John in 1215, the document sometimes called England's greatest export is now on display at the British Library, where it's pulling in large crowds.
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A facsimile copy of the 1215 Magna Carta is displayed in the Library at Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England.
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January 4, 2015 It was a peace treaty for just two months. But eight centuries on, the ideas it came to embody — freedom and human rights — have ensured that the Magna Carta remains a universal touchstone of liberty.
The barons wanted King John to stop seizing their grain. The fish weirs had to go, too.
April 18, 2012 A greedy king who seized food was a key driver of the Magna Carta. That 13th-century document was a key inspiration for the American Revolution 500 years later. But at the time, the barons who negotiated the deal weren't concerned with the rights of starving peasants — these 1 percenters wanted to protect their own power and property.
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