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British police say a man tried to steal the Salisbury Cathedral's Magna Carta, one of four original documents that have survived. Here, a schoolboy looks at the Magna Carta in the cathedral's Chapter House. Kieran Doherty/Reuters hide caption

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Two original Magna Carta manuscripts from 1215 are on display at the British Library in London. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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At 800 And Aging Well, The Magna Carta Is Still A Big Draw

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The barons wanted King John to stop seizing their grain. The fish weirs had to go, too. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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