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Magna Carta anniversary

It's been announced that a copy of the Magna Carta housed at Salisbury Cathedral will be part of an exhibition of four surviving copies of the manuscript, to be unveiled on its 800th anniversary in 2015.

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Four copies of Great Charter to be displayed

The four surviving original copies of Magna Carta will be brought together for the first time in history in 2015, the year of the 800th anniversary of the issue of the Charter by King John in 1215.

The unification, which will be held at the British Library in collaboration with Salisbury Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral will take place over three days in early 2015 and will kick off a year of celebrations across the UK and the world.

The opportunity to study the manuscripts alongside one another will allow historians to study faded or obscured parts of the text more closely and to look for new clues about the identity of the writers of the texts, which is currently unknown.

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