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The Magna Carta Comes to Fort York

AS PART OF ITS 800TH-ANNIVERSARY TOUR, THE MAGNA CARTA, A HISTORIC LEGAL DOCUMENT, ARRIVES AT FORT YORK

Magna Carta Fort York Toronto

A page from a circa-1300 copy of the Magna Carta (photo: Chapter of Durham Cathedral)

OCTOBER 4 TO NOVEMBER 7 Canadians are headed to the polls this month, so it’s fitting that we’re now hosting a special touring exhibition of one of democratic society’s founding documents, the Magna Carta. Drafted by England’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1215, the charter safeguarded the rights and liberties of citizens and today serves as a reminder that governments represent the will of the people. Only 24 copies of the 13th-century agreement remain; the edition on display in Toronto was first issued to Durham Cathedral in 1300. A companion document, the 1217 Charter of the Forest, is also part of the Fort York exhibit, which focuses on notions of history, legacy and justice.  —Linda Luong

• Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd., 416-392-6907; magnacartacanada.ca
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