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The Magna Carta is the basis of law and civil rights in every democracy in the world since 1215.
Magna Carta means The Great Charter. More elegant and less pretentious than its original name The Great Charter of the Liberties of England.
No one actually signed the Magna Carta. King John affixed his royal seal to it on June 15, 1215 at Runnymede, England.
King John was the great-grandson of William the Conqueror and the younger brother of King Richard the Lionheart!
In addition to King Richard, King John had two other brothers. They were the ‘poster children’ for sibling rivalry. Talk about bad blood!