Nova Magna Carta

Apparently an archivist has found a previously unknown copy of the 1300 reissue of Magna Carta – just in time for the 800th anniversary of the original document of 1215. This one turned up in the borough of Sandwich, Kent (one of the Cinque Ports). One hopes it is not a convenient plant – if it is real, it brings the number of copies up to 24, and people are wondering if there could be more out there.

Even the Guardian can’t help but note, right there in the headline, that the document may be worth £10 million! Not to worry, Sandwich is not planning on selling it to any American plutocrats, but is “hoping to benefit from its potential as a tourist attraction.”