England’s King John puts his seal to Magna Carta 800 years ago today (June 15 1215)

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(Monday, June 15, 1215) — England’s King John put his seal to Magna Carta (“the Great Charter”) today at Runnymede. Essentially a peace treaty between the unpopular John and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown.

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