Please explain the Magna Carta
Inspeximus issue of Magna Carta, 1297.
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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.
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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.