Themes

Why was Magna Carta agreed at Runnymede in 1215? What did the document actually say, and how was it interpreted over the next 800 years? Why is it still important today and how does it affect our culture, laws and rights? Explore the themes below to find answers to all these questions and more.

Origins of Magna Carta

Medieval origins

Why was Magna Carta agreed in 1215? Explore the medieval context in which the historic meeting at Runnymede took place.

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Clauses and content

Clauses and content

What does Magna Carta actually say? Why are some clauses still part of English law, while others have been forgotten?

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Legacy

Legacy

From the English Civil War to Nelson Mandela’s trial, find out how Magna Carta has been invoked and interpreted by figures across the politcal spectrum.

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Magna Carta today

Magna Carta today

Explore Magna Carta’s place in the modern world and its influence on law, popular culture and human rights.

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