Video: Four surviving Magna Cartas united for first time in 800 years

February 3, 2015 2:04 AM

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The Magna Carta was very much a creation of its times and particular king-versus-nobles environment. Naturally, we cherry-pick the bits and pieces that appeal to us now, that developed significance over the centuries as lawmakers looking for documentary support in ongoing battles against arbitrary authority harkened back to age-worthy ideas from the Magna Carta’s very different world.

For the promoters of the charter’s Canadian tour, the Magna Carta’s protection of the barons’ forest property from arrogant royal depredation serves as a legislative forerunner for the environmental concerns of the 21st century. In the 13th century, it may have been more a legal quarrel over hunter’...

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