Magna Carta

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Narrow Escape for a Precious Document

Man arrested after allegedly smashing glass case holding Magna Carta

(Newser) - A narrow escape for a precious historical document: Police in England say a 45-year-old man is in custody after allegedly using a hammer to smash holes in a protective glass case housing the best preserved of the four surviving original Magna Cartas. The Thursday incident at Salisbury Cathedral was part... More »

'New' Copy of Magna Carta Found in a Scrapbook

Find from 1300, era of Edward I, is found in southeastern England

(Newser) - An edition of one of western history's great documents has been discovered in Sandwich, southeastern England. Researchers came upon a copy of the Magna Carta when seeking a companion document in local archives, the Magna Carta Project reports. Hidden in a scrapbook from the 19th century, the newly discovered... More »

4 Magna Cartas Never in Same Place—Until Now

Priceless surviving documents 'unified' at British Library for first time

(Newser) - You can't exactly call it a reunion—the four surviving original Magna Cartas had never before been in the same place. So instead, the British Library called it a "unification event" today when the priceless documents were put on display together for the first time. The event marks... More »

After 3 Centuries, Scientists Read Burnt Magna Carta

Copies of document to be brought together for first time ever

(Newser) - Almost three centuries ago, one of the world's most important documents was burnt in a fire. That copy of the Magna Carta was unreadable after the 1731 blaze—until now. Scientists have turned to special imaging techniques to read one of the four existing copies of the 1215 document... More »

Europe's Culture Gets Virtual Backup

EU plans to digitize 10,000 artifacts

(Newser) - European culture is going digital. Priceless items such as the Magna Carta, the Mona Lisa, and the Gutenberg Bible will eventually be accessible worldwide for free on “Europeana,” an online encyclopedia funded by the European Union. It plans to match Google Library Project’s 10 million artifacts by... More »

Magna Carta Back in US Archives

Carlyle Group founder returns it after buying for $21.3M

(Newser) - The Magna Carta returned to the National Archives yesterday after facing an uncertain fate on the auction block last year, the Washington Post reports. The 13th-century English document, a precursor to the US Bill of Rights 500 years later, is now on permanent loan from a US businessman who bought... More »

Magna Carta Sells for $21.3M

Purchaser says he'll lend it to National Archives

(Newser) - A 1297 copy of the Magna Carta, the founding document of constitutional law, sold at auction for $21.3 million last night. Ross Perot's foundation put the document up for sale at Sotheby's in New York, where it was bought by David Rubenstein, a private equity magnate who served in... More »

Magna Carta Up for Sale

Document expected to command at least $20M

(Newser) - A 1297 copy of the Magna Carta owned by Ross Perot will go on the auction block in December, Sotheby's announced today. The document, one of 17 left in existence, is expected to sell for 20 million to $30 million, the Times reports. It had been on display at the... More »

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