Whether it’s through art, culture, literature, the media, or public exhibits, how we choose to see and hear about Magna Carta and the events at Runnymede says a lot about how we view its significance. As these images show, conceptions of Magna Carta have varied over place, time, and medium. Yet they all come together to demonstrate the power of this enduring legal icon.
At 1215 at Runnymede, King John acquiesced to the demands of his rebellious barons and issued what would become known as Magna Carta. What happened in this country meadow in England has reverberated and been commemorated throughout the ages and throughout the world.