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January 28, 2015

Society of Antiquaries to Host “Magna Carta Through the Ages” Exhibition

Magna Carta Through the Ages will make a significant contribution to the 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of Magna Carta by hosting a free exhibition of the Society’s three exceptional copies.  They will be exhibited at Burlington House from 26th May – 31 July 2015.  The copies include:-

  • A version of the 1215 Magna Carta found in a 13th century cartulary of Peterborough Abbey known as the Black Book of Peterborough.
  • A unique copy of the 1225 reissue of Magna Carta probably made at Halesowen Abbey. This is a revision issued by Henry III, which represents the final form as later confirmed and enshrined in English law, with 47 clauses instead of the original 63.
  • An early 14th century collection of Statutes of the Realm, including a copy of the 1225 reissue of Magna Carta and the 1225 Charter of the Forest.

The exhibition and programme, linking these stories together, will explore Magna Carta as the creation of people who could not imagine a kingdom without a king, but who were driven to the point of rebellion because of a king’s misrule.  It will also examine how the Charter was re-issued and re-interpreted through the 13th and 14th centuries and the part that antiquaries have played in the process of reinterpreting the charters significance from the 17th to 20th centuries.


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