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The British Library at St. Pancras, London is home to two copies of Magna Carta. One barely survived the disastrous fire which swept through the original manuscript collection of Sir Robert Cotton in 1731. Magna Carta is written on parchment, rather than paper and in Medieval Latin. It could never have been understood by anyone other than educated nobility, the clergy and of course the King.

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790 years ago, John,the King of England was having a little local difficulty with his barons. His attempts to defend his extensive dominions across the Channel, including Normandy and a considerable portion of western France, had been a disaster...

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