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5 June 2015

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Magna Carta: debating the date

On 15 June 2015, the Queen will visit Runnymede to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. But are we commemorating the sealing of the document on the correct day?

Professor George Garnett, Tutor in History at St Hugh’s College and Senior Proctor of the University of Oxford debates the date with David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London for the BBC History Magazine website.

Magna Carta, meaning ‘The Great Charter’, is one of the most famous documents in the world. Originally issued by King John of England as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law.

2015 sees the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John.

Learn more about Magna Carta on the British Library website and the Magna Carta 800th anniversary website.

Image: Professor Garnett discussing the Magna Carta on BBC Sunday Politics

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