Dating early english documents

15 Feb

Examine a range of rich historical sources relating to Magna Carta and its 800 year legacy.

The second Battle of Lincoln, , is one of the greatest English conflicts that almost nobody has ever heard of.

The British Library is a partner in a new exhibition at The Collection Museum in Lincoln from 27...

However, buried within them were a number of fundamental values that both challenged the autocracy of the king and proved highly adaptable in future centuries.

Most famously, the 39th clause gave all ‘free men’ the right to justice and a fair trial.

Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world. What did the document say, and how was it interpreted over the next 800 years?

Explore its 800-year legacy with unique collection items, newly-commissioned articles by leading experts, videos and animations and a range of teaching resources. Why is it still important today, and how does it affect our culture, laws and rights?

Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation takes you back in time to medieval England in 1215 under the reign of Bad King John. Originally issued by King John of England (r.1199-1216) 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.

Magna Carta, meaning ‘The Great Charter’, is one of the most famous documents in the world.

Earlier this month, we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter, Magna Carta’s little sibling. The British Library is recruiting for a Project Officer to work on The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200.

It inspired a new Tree Charter, with accompanying events ranging from bike rides to pole launches. This is a full-time, fixed term position, for nine...

Three clauses of the 1225 Magna Carta remain on the statute book today.

Although most of the clauses of Magna Carta have now been repealed, the many divergent uses that have been made of it since the Middle Ages have shaped its meaning in the modern era, and it has become a potent, international rallying cry against the arbitrary use of power.