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Original Edition of the Magna Carta on Display at Houston Museum

An original edition of the Magna Carta from the year 1217 is on display now through Aug. 17 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology at the museum, tells us about the document, its historical significance and its legacy — including influencing the US Bill of Rights. Along with […]

An original edition of the Magna Carta from the year 1217 is on display now through Aug. 17 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology at the museum, tells us about the document, its historical significance and its legacy — including influencing the US Bill of Rights.

Along with the Magna Carta, Houstonians can see the only known example of the King’s Writ — a letter from King John to the Sheriff of Gloucester announcing the signing of the Magna Carta. That document has been traced back to the year 1215.

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