The Only 4 surviving copies of the Magna Carta being brought together.
The four surviving copies of the Magna Carta are to be brought together for the first time in history.
The documents will be exhibited together in 2015 as part of a series of events celebrating the 800th anniversary of their creation, the British Library announced today (July 15, 2013).
The Magna Carta or “Great Charter” was agreed in Surrey in 1215, outlining a basic set of rights for British citizens.
The British Library event will bring together its own two copies of the document, along with equivalents owned by Salisbury and Lincoln Cathedrals.
The library said it was a “once in a lifetime opportunity to see the documents side by side.”
The show’s curator Claire Breay told BLOUIN ARTINFO UK: “In preparation for the anniversary we had been meeting with representatives from the two cathedrals for a few years to discuss how we can collaborate.
“And the idea emerged of bringing the originals together to hold an event which would be momentous and kick-start the celebrations in a memorable way. Each of the three institutions has their own plans for what they are going to be doing later. We thought it was important to do something dramatic to bring it to people’s attention earlier in the year.”
The show is scheduled for “early 2015” with exact details to be confirmed nearer to the time.
The charter was forced on to King John by feudal barons to limit his privileges. It decreed the idea that no one is above the law, including the king, and featured rules of fair trials, and limits on taxation. It is also believed to have inspired the US Constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.