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Eight hundred years ago, royal scribes were busy making exemplifications of Magna Carta—which rebellious barons had forced King John to agree to on June 15, 1215—for distribution across England.  King John had abused his power in many cruel ways against virtually every segment of English society, and the barons had the support of a wide range of what we now call civil society.  On June 15, 2015, thousands of people gathered at Runnymede outside London to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magn...

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