The great charter turns 800 years old today. It established the principle that no man was above the law not even the king. ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. President, Prime Ministers, Politicians, Police, Bosses, Condo Boards...etc.
This charter is revered as a cornerstone of democracy, with famous principles such as the right to justice and a fair trial stemming from its inception.
With only four of the original copies from 1215 in existence, and as you can imagine is priceless and holds powerful words. In 2007, a somewhat younger copy from 1297 sold for $21.3 million at auction.
In 1941, as World War II raged in Europe, the Magna Carta was also a potential bargaining chip. Britain hoped that offering Magna Carta to the United States would encourage the reluctant country to join the war, or at least continue supporting the British war effort. Though the proposal to gift the document to the U.S. eventually failed, that offer showed the solemn significance that Magna Carta.
This most amazing document outlining liberties when English barons forced King John to give his assent in June 1215. A divine document constituting a fundamental guarantee of rights and privileges.