The 800th Anniversairy of the Magna Carta

The English judge Lord Denning called it “the greatest constitutional document of all times - the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.” Exactly 800 years ago, King John of England signed the Magna Carta, thus effectively limiting the crown’s power and giving in to the people’s will. Even though 1215’s Magna Carta was originally about protecting wealthy, influential barons and their assets from arbitrary authority, not the average Englishman's, it still had a substantial impact on the development of law, in both England and the United States. Today, the principles first formulated in the Magna Carta are regarded the basis of the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Find out more about the Magna Carta's influence on the U.S. Constitution on the website of the Library of Congress.

The Magna Carta was signed on June 15, 1215 by King John of England. 

The Magna Carta was signed on June 15, 1215 by King John of England.