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.
Magna Carta’s footprint traverses both the legal and political worlds. It has been used and depicted as a symbol and source of authority for ancient principles of law, as well as for political movements and dissents against tyranny.