• Full title:   STATUTES OF THE REALM, ETC.: a collection of legal and historical tracts probably compiled in London; early 14th cent, with later additions.
  • Created:   c. 1300 - 1399
  • Formats:  Manuscript, Charter
  • Usage terms

    Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

  • Held by  British Library
  • Shelfmark:   Add MS 62534

Description

During the 13th and 14th centuries, Magna Carta was frequently copied into chronicles and collections of charters and statutes, for use by lawyers and administrators. In some cases, only the most recent version of Magna Carta was recorded; sometimes, texts of different versions of the charter were conflated. Errors of transcription are not uncommon in such compilations. This manuscript, made in the reign of King Edward II (r. 1307–27), contains various statutes in Latin and Anglo-Norman French, beginning with the 1215 Magna Carta (‘Carta regis Iohannis dicta de Ronemede’), the version of the Great Charter issued by Henry III in 1225, and the Charter of the Forest. Henry III’s Magna Carta opens with an ornately decorated initial ‘H’, painted in red and blue and embellished with gold leaf, highlighting the significance of the text. Such collections of statutes are frequently small in size, for ease of portability and consultation.

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