In the summer of 1215, King John met with rebellious barons on the plain of Runnymede, just 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of modern-day central London. The peace accord they agreed to, brokered by the archbishop of Canterbury, did little to ease the rising tensions between the king and his nobles. Yet the principles of liberty and rule of law laid out that fifteenth day of June in 1215 continue to guide and inspire individuals and democracies around the globe. The name of that document is fitting: Magna Carta, or Great Charter.
In celebration of this watershed document in human rights, I present this updated print of the 1215 version of the charter. Featuring the full text as translated from Latin by the British Library, this beautiful print is a fitting tribute to one of the most important legal documents in history and will display beautifully in a home, office, classroom, or other setting.
- The full text of the 1215 version of Magna Carta as translated into modern English by the British Library, set in an easily readable, modern typeface in 10-point type.
- The clauses are divided into the numbered order later applied to the charter.
- Footnotes provide additional information, including explanations of the years mentioned in the charter’s text, which clauses were included in or omitted from subsequent versions of the charter, and which clauses remain in force to the present.
- The arms of the 25 barons of surety as illustrated on John Pine’s 1733 engraving of Magna Carta are in the upper left portion of the print.