In pictures: Magna Carta

An exhibition to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, which examines its medieval and modern significance, goes on show at the British Library in March

UNITED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY:THE ORIGINAL SURVIVING MAGNA CARTA MANUSCRIPTS BEING PREPARED FOR DISPLAY AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY.  PHOTO BY CLARE KENDALL/BRITISH LIBRARY.

The four original Magna Carta manuscripts being prepared for display at the British Library © Clare Kendall

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First ever printed copy of Magna Carta, 1508 © British Library

King John riding on horseback, from a 14th-century legal collection © British Library

Lincoln Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta

Verse account of Magna Carta in the Melrose Chronicle, 13th century

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Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy is on show at the British Library, London, from 13 March–1 September 2015. For more information, and to book tickets, visit www.bl.uk

King John riding on horseback, from a 14th-century legal collection – See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2014/10/magna-carta-tickets-on-sale.html#sthash.Z9z8Sgdc.dpuf