The Magna Carta's Influence, 800 Years Later
This Monday marks the 800th anniversary of the creation of the Magna Carta, a foundational document in western civilization.By Kate Grumke, Matt Picht | June 14, 2015
This is the Magna Carta, one of the most influential documents in western civilization and often cited as the foundation for our understanding of civil liberties. And June 15, this document turns 800 years old.
"What started out as a document of specific complaints from a group of barons has turned into an international symbol of liberty, without which we might not have the rights we value so much today," said Monty Python's Terry Jones for The British Library.
The name Magna Carta means Great Charter in Latin. At first, that was just a reference to its length, but over the past eight centuries, it has also come to stand for the significance of the document.