This bronze statuette shows King John sealing the Magna Carta with Archbishop Stephen Langton and the Earl of Albermarle.
King John was an unpopular monarch who continually abused the feudal system, extorted monies from his subjects and relied heavily on his barons to keep order.
A rebellion by some led to a failed assassination in 1212, angering John who seized rebels land, provoking civil war.
Unable to sustain costs of a war, King John had no choice but to comply, and a deal was brokered. John and the barons met in Runnymede on 10th June 1215, where the Articles of the Barons curtailing the kings powers were presented. The full text of Magna Carta, the Great Charter, was then agreed from this and sealed on 15th June 1215.
Magna Carta is revered across the world as the first statement of the fundamental principles of liberty that we enjoy today and is of great significance to Surrey.
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