A Note on Magna Carta – Not Signed, But Sealed

Magna Carta commands a semi-mythical status in the English-speaking world. There are still four surviving copies of this 13th-century document. These surviving copies bear the following date: 15 June 1215. Accordingly, articles have recently appeared, reminding us of Magna Carta’s significance.

At present, some statements, images and film scenes have given us the impression that Magna Carta was signed by the infamous King John. However, the copies of Magna Carta were sealed like other medieval charters. Thus, they had the king’s Great Seal.

 

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