Magna Carta as one of the most celebrated documents in history

June 12th, 2015 hurries to inform that Jersey Post has prepared for releasing a special set of stamp dedicated to Magna Carta ‒ one of the most celebrated documents in history. The issue consists of six items that are scheduled to be put into circulation on the 15th of June on occasion of its 800th anniversary.

Magna Carta, an exceptional document on which democratic society has been constructed, was sealed 800 years ago on the banks of the River Thames at Runnymede. On 15th June 1215, the original Great Charter was agreed by King John when he yielded to the demands of feudal barons and bishops to limit his powers. Up to thirteen copies of Magna Carta were quickly made and distributed throughout the kingdom.

Over the next 800 years, the idea of Magna Carta gathered momentum and it became one of the most respected legal documents ever written. It is arguably the most important influence in the development of the free world and is seen as a basis of modern constitutions. It was revised several times in the 13th Century and the 1297 version became part of English law.

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