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The best pictures of Magna Carta

Posted in Best pictures, History, Politics, Royalty on Thursday, 30 June 2011

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The best pictures of King John signing Magna Carta at Runnymede show the troubled monarch surrounded by the powerful barons of England, and having no choice but to sign the famous document, which enshrines  the fundamental freedoms of the individual, and is now seen as the foundation stone of British democracy. The first dramatic picture of the King signing Magna Carta shows John frowning furiously, as if he were completely reluctant to agree to such a charter.

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King John signing Magna Carta, by Angus McBride

The second picture of Magna Carta shows a similar colourful scene with interesting detail, such as a great chest in which the document can be safely kept.

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King John signing Magna Carta at Runnymede, by C L Doughty

The third picture of Magna Carta is a simpler group of figures, with the king seated as the scroll is handed to him, while a clerk prepares the sealing wax.

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King John signs Maga Carta, by Michael Godfrey

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