Magna Carta Original Copies United for First Time – ‘This is a Message to Us All’
Magna Carta means (“the Great Charter” in Latin) and was originally issued in 1215.
It was the first document forced onto a King of England by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges.
The charter required King John of England to proclaim certain liberties and accept that his will was not arbitrary.
It was an important part of the process that led to the rule of constitutional law in the English speaking world.
In practice Magna Carta in the medieval period did not generally limit the power of kings.
But by the time of the English Civil War it had become an important symbol for those who wished to show that the King was bound by the law.
It influenced the early settlers in New England and inspired later constitutional documents, including the United States Constitution.