The Magna Carta Project

Copies of the Authorised Version of the 1215 Charter

Just when a copy of the Charter ceases to be the authorized version is a matter of judgement. I have generally confined section 3, dealing with variant copies, to those where there is evidence of text which seems to belong to the Articles of the Barons rather than to Magna Carta, and thus reason to believe that the copies contain elements of drafts. However, that may also be true of some of the copies described here in section 2. In what follows, I note all significant variations while omitting small differences in word order and some small mistakes, often due apparently to homoeoteleuton.

The Copies of Magna Carta