Please explain the Magna Carta

The 1297 Magna Carta. The rectangular document is covered in small, old-style writing. A seal hangs from the bottom.

Inspeximus issue of Magna Carta, 1297.

Department of Parliamentary Services

Inspeximus issue of Magna Carta, 1297.

The 1297 Magna Carta. The rectangular document is covered in small, old-style writing. A seal hangs from the bottom.

Department of Parliamentary Services

Description

This picture shows a copy of the Magna Carta that is part of the Parliament House Art Collection. The rectangular document is covered in small, old-style writing. A seal hangs from the bottom.

The first version of the Magna Carta, or ‘Great Charter’, was written in 1215 as a peace treaty between King John of England and his barons. It established the principle that all people, including the king, had rights and responsibilities under the law.

A copy of the 1297 Magna Carta is held at Parliament House.