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Author: LiveScience
Original copy of Magna Carta now on display in Washington D.C.
Scrawled in Medieval Latin on yellowing parchment, an original copy of the Magna Carta is now on view at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The historic charter turns 800 next year. To celebrate, the Library of Congress is hosting a 10-week exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. The centerpiece of the show is the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, on loan from its caretaker, the Lincoln Cathedral in England. That year, English barons pressured King John into signing the Magna Carta. The clause protected free men in England from being unlawfully imprisoned, and that article became the basis for the writ of habeas corpus in the 17th century, when interest in the Magna Carta as an affirmation of individual liberties was revived. This exhibition is not the first U.S. tour for the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta. The copy of the Magna Carta traveled to Washington, D.C., where the British Ambassador to the U.S. handed it over to the Library of Congress on Nov. 28, 1939. The Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor exhibit at the Library of Congress is on display until Jan. 19, 2015.

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