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.
From the simple utilitarian piece of parchment with a royal seal issued in 1215 to the ornate illuminated statute books of the 13th and 14th centuries, Magna Carta has been presented in numerous ways over the centuries. These differing textual displays offer insights into how the Great Charter has been viewed over the ages.