This is one of only four copies of Magna Carta and is housed in Lincoln Cathedral. Lincolnshire’s Cardinal Archbishop Stephen Langton is thought to have played an influencing role on the demands of Magna Carta; Innocent III had placed England under papal interdict between 1209 and 1214 for King John’s failure to recognise Langton and Archbishop of Canterbury. Magna Carta was the result of England’s feudal barons trying to limit the power of the king. The original 1215 document was never signed by John or the barons - only the king’s seal was affixed. This was enough to authorize the deed. Though annulled it was reissued across the thirteenth century, becoming an important document for those who felt oppressed by the monarchy, and for this, it has become one of the most recognisable documents of English history.

This is one of only four copies of Magna Carta and is housed in Lincoln Cathedral. Lincolnshire’s Cardinal Archbishop Stephen Langton is thought to have played an influencing role on the demands of Magna Carta; Innocent III had placed England under papal interdict between 1209 and 1214 for King John’s failure to recognise Langton and Archbishop of Canterbury. Magna Carta was the result of England’s feudal barons trying to limit the power of the king. The original 1215 document was never signed by John or the barons - only the king’s seal was affixed. This was enough to authorize the deed. Though annulled it was reissued across the thirteenth century, becoming an important document for those who felt oppressed by the monarchy, and for this, it has become one of the most recognisable documents of English history.