"Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor," a new exhibition at the Library of Congress (LC) in Washington, D.C., celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the influential document that limited the powers of Britain’s King John, upheld individual rights, and later came to serve as the cornerstone of constitutional law.
On loan from the Lincoln Cathedral in England, the hand-written Lincoln King John Magna Carta, sealed in 1215, serves as the exhibition centerpiece. The document's first visit to LC was 75 years ago. Rare materials from the Law Library of Congress and other LC divisions are also on display to tell the story of the Magna Carta’s influence, from medieval times to the present. Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, cut the ribbon to open the display on November 2.
"Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor" runs through January 19, 2015. For more details visit LC, online.