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A manuscript version of the Magna Carta was brought to the US on the occasion of a special reunion event for Oxford graduates living in our country.
The original of the Magna Carta was sealed by King John of England in 1215 at Runnymeade. It put limits on the king’s power and laid the groundwork for legal principles like the writ of habeas corpus.
This version dates to 1217 and is one of 17 surviving originals produced in the 13th century that bear the royal seal. It is part of the collection in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
The Magna Carta document will remain in the US — and on display at the Morgan Library until May 30 — as a result of the Icelandic volcanic eruption.
When volcanic ash disrupted air travel, transportation for the document became more perilous, says Richard Ovenden, the Bodleian Library”s associate director and keeper of special collections.
In addition, the airlines, concerned with getting people home, were reluctant to carry it at this time.
And so if you are lucky enough to be in New York in the next weeks, take advantage of the opportunity to see this document. Visit http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=40 for more information.
source: note in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com
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