Magna Carta (Latin for "Great Charter") is one of the most celebrated documents in English history. At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England but its importance has endured as it has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world.
Only four original 1215 copies of Magna Carta remain and a visit to view perhaps the best preserved of these in Salisbury Cathedral's Chapter House is for many visitors the highlight of their time here. The responsibility of owning and interpreting the Magna Carta is important in shaping Salisbury Cathedral's objectives, especially as the document's 800th anniversary in 2015 approaches.
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