[LMB] Magna Carta OT:

Katherine Collett kcollett at hamilton.edu
Wed Oct 8 15:16:19 BST 2014


On Oct 8, 2014, at 9:19 AM, Katrina Allis <k.m.allis at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 7 October 2014 16:10, Paula Lieberman <paal at filker.org> wrote:
> 
>> <snip commentry on Chartrists and the Magna Carta>
>> I'm not British or Commonwealth-country-cultured.  The Magna Carta's got
>> some allusions from the USA but is not a document generally mentioned in
>> the USA as a fundamental establishing  document for US culture and
>> philosophy. It's a document referred to as providing some elements for the
>> development of template.  Ironically I seem to recall hearing that the
>> Magna Carta is not a big deal on Britain or in Commonwealth countries,
>> either....
>> 
> I'd disagree - in New Zealand law one of clauses of the Magna Carta is
> still in force (clause 29) and three are still in force in Britian.
> 
> I live near Runymede and the local council is gearing up to celebrate the
> 800th signing and there is Magna Carta day in Egham (the nearest town).

The US National Archives disagrees, too.  See http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/index.html — and other websites that hail it as a cornerstone of the US constitution.

A 1297 copy of Magna Carta is currently on display in Washington, DC, along with the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  http://www.archives.gov/museum/visit/rubenstein-gallery.html

Katherine


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