The Great Charter presented in a meticulously produced facsimile accompanied by a certificate of authentication.
Magna Carta – The Great Charter – is by far the most significant concession to the people ever forced on an English monarch, and as the enduring symbol of the rule of law over the arbitrary authority of the despot it is the most famous single document in the history of England, if not the world. In its clauses the King pledges to right the injustices of his reign, renounce his absolute power and, among many other concessions, grant his subjects the right to a fair trial. It embodies the spirit of defiance and moderation of extremes which has long been associated with the character of the English people. 'Here', the historian Thomas Macaulay was to write over 600 years later, 'commences the history of the English nation'.
Size 12½˝ x 20˝ (parchment) 22˝ x 27˝ (frame)
Single piece of parchment
Parchment cut by hand to replicate the original
Seal attached by parchment tag
Facsimile with seal mounted on linen-covered board
Framed in oak and glass
Brass plaque on frame
Label on reverse stating limitation number
Printed letterpress on Zerkall with deckled and torn edges
Numbered by hand
Signed by David Way of the British Library
Presentation envelope with ‘Certificate of Authentication’ printed letterpress
Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom 1215—2015
Expert commentary led by Professor Nicholas Vincent with a complete English translation of the 1215 text of Magna Carta