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Magna Carta on its way to Texas: Anglican Ink, September 12, 2013 September 12, 2013

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Hereford Magna Carta to go to Houston

Hereford Cathedral has agreed to lend its copy of the Magna Carta to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The Great Charter of Liberties, signed by King John of England in 1215, limited the arbitrary rights of the king, subordinating his power to the law of the land. Three of its clauses remain the law of England, including the freedom of the church, the liberties of the City of London, and the right to due process: “No Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will We not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right.” [Clause 29]

The Magna Carta will be accompanied by the King’s Writ, a document dated 1215 and issued from Runnymede ahead of that issue of the Magna Carta and giving local sheriffs advance warning of the impending arrival of the charter and telling them to prepare its implementation. It is the only known surviving example.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

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