Sealing of The Magna Carta

This bronze statuette shows King John sealing the Magna Carta with Archbishop Stephen Langton and the Earl of Albermarle.


Cherstey Museum
Bronze of Stephan Langton with King John sealing the Magna Carta
Courtesy of The Sidney Oliver Collection Trust
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

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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2 thoughts on “Sealing of The Magna Carta”

  1. Alaine says:

    My family has one of the Magna Carta Statuettes with a large clock attachment at the base.
    It has been in my family (Baldwin) for many generations.
    We would like to know the approximate value, for insurance purposes, as the valuers here in Western Australia don’t seem to know anything about it!
    If anyone could help, it would be immensely appreciated.

    1. Grécourt says:

      I bought one of the Magna carta statuettes with a clock too. The sculptor is “Devaulx” and the clock from “Raingo, Paris” who worked for Napoléon III.
      I m looking for other informations about this statuette.
      The text on this web page tells that the baron near the king is the Earl of Albermarle but the armories seems to be the ones of William d’Aubigny, earl of Arundel.
      Do you know the date of the statuettes? How many are they?
      Thank you very much

      Benoît, from France

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