It's been 800 years since King John signed (stamped/sealed) the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.
He didn't keep to it for very long, but it went on to become one of the key moments and documents in the recognition of Human Rights around the world, in a chain going back to Cyrus the Great's 'Scroll' in the Middle East.
The Magna Carta influenced the freedoms of England, (though its freedoms were for wealthy 'Free Men' and the Jews weren't treated well), it went on to inspire the Americans to gain independence to maintain their rights and the Founding Fathers to create the US Constitution. Indeed it has influenced many of the lands that Britain has touched, and inspired Human Rights there even if the British themselves didn't.
The story of that day is retold in Eileen Cameron's 'Rupert's Parchment' a children's book based around the historical events that happened that day 800 years ago by the River Thames. Where Rupert is the son of a local parchment maker and gets a ringside seat at the gathering of England's royalty and nobility.
Fantastic historical illustrations bring the events to life for children.
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And watch the film I always love showing to classes about the history of Human Rights at: