Magna Carta Ambassadors start Study Sessions
The study sessions started on Saturday 23 May at Greenford Library followed by an afternoon the next day at Ealing Central Library.
It has been an interesting start. The original copies, written on parchment with a quill and pen and in Latin, are a far cry from the versions in front of us: modern paper print off from a computer and translated into English.
First catch your sheep!
We all had some idea of the social inequalities in the feudal England of the 13th century. More surprising was the practice of trial by ordeal where personal, armed combat was current. Similarly, taking hold of a red-hot bar of iron and then hoping your innocence would be proved by a wound that healed without infection.
We are certainly finding plenty to talk about on June 13 at the opening day of the celebrations.
Freedom, human rights and democracy!
The Magna Carta has come to symbolise liberty throughout the world since it was sealed by King John on 15 June 1215.
We are celebrating with an exhibition based in the coats-of-ams of the 25 rebellious barons who forced the King to concede to their demands for fairer rule.
If you want to be part of this exciting project and you are between 12 and 25 years old, you can sign up to become a Magna Carta ambassador. Full details are on the Home Page.
Closing date: Friday 22nd May.