Sealed not signed

On this day 800 hundred years ago – 15 June 1215 – King John sealed the Magna Carta on an island in the Thames at Runnymede in Surrey. It is one of the most important documents in history, written in Latin in just under 4000 words of continuous prose upon sheepskin parchment. If you don’t quite understand what the Magna Carta is – fear not – even British PM David Cameron had a little think when asked by talk show host David Letterman what Magna Carta meant. The snapshot version is that the document placed the king under the law and enshrined personal liberties which remain to this day. Our homage uses a gold box banded with an image of the King and a miniature version of the Magna Carta.

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