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Very Symbolic! Rare Version of Magna Carta leaving England bound for Texas.

 
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08/31/2013 01:15 PM

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Very Symbolic! Rare Version of Magna Carta leaving England bound for Texas.
"These are truly rare and ancient documents. They are national treasures that have been guarded for centuries and don't typically leave England's shores," said Catherine F. Patterson, a British historian at the University of Houston.

The Magna Carta, one of only a few surviving copies, has been publicly displayed only about a dozen times and the writ barely half that number of times, said Glyn Morgan, chief executive of the Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, which holds the medieval documents in its archives.

Originally issued by King John in Runnymeade on June 15, 1215, the Magna Carta granted his barons certain freedoms, including three that live on today: an acknowledgement that taxes cannot be arbitrary, that free men cannot be imprisoned without first being judged by their peers or the law and that justice cannot be denied or delayed.

"In a very primitive, or a very early way, they do set a notion that power should not be arbitrary and that the king in this case functions under the law," Patterson explained. "And that was important in its own time."

The document "represents a living, breathing legacy of law that extends from 800 years ago until today, from a few rich barons and a king on a rural field in medieval England to a modern, dynamic, diverse metropolis in Houston, Texas," she added in an email.

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"Accept now that all you have seen from the day of your birth on the surface of the earth, to the present, are wonderful only because the finite mind of man is confused with fragments of evidence, that, from whatever direction we meet them, spring from an unreachable infinity."

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