15 Illustrious Facts About Magna Carta

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This is from Mental Floss.

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Detail of text is seen on a copy of the Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral's Cloisters and Chapter House on February 27, 2015 in Salisbury, England. To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the historic charter, Salisbury Cathedral - which boasts to have the best preserved of the four originals - is opening a new interactive exhibition which tells the story of its creation and enduring legacy.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) . (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

One of the most important documents in the history of government—and the oft-cited root of our comparatively fledgling democracy—celebrates its 800th birthday today (probably). Celebrate with a series of facts from Magna Carta’s long and illustrious history.

1. THERE’S SOME DEBATE ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY.

Plenty of reputable sources will be touting Magna Carta’s 800th birthday today, and the Queen herself is visiting Runnymede to honor the signing. But some scholars think we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Although the surviving original copies of the document itself say that it was “given by our hand in the meadow which is called Runnymede between Windsor and Staines on the 15th day of June in the 17th year of our reign,” some people believe that it took another couple of days to hammer out all the details and that it wasn’t sealed by King…

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