Rare Copy of Magna Carta Discovered in a Scrapbook

The Salisbury Cathedral copy of the Magna Carta is viewed by archivists before being displayed alongside the other three surviving original parchment engrossments of the Magna Carta, as they are displayed to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, in the Queen's Robing Room at the Houses of Parliament in London on Feb. 5, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Dunham—Pool/Reuters)
The Salisbury Cathedral copy of the Magna Carta is viewed by archivists before being displayed alongside the other three surviving original parchment engrossments of the Magna Carta, as they are displayed to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, in the Queen’s Robing Room at the Houses of Parliament in London on Feb. 5, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Dunham—Pool/Reuters)

A researcher accidentally discovered a rare copy of the Magna Carta when searching through a scrapbook in the British town of Sandwich.

The Medieval charter, commissioned by Edward I in 1300, was discovered by a Kent archivist when he was retrieving a document from a Victorian scrapbook, the Magna Carta Project announced Sunday.

The original Magna Carta, created in 1215, was drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to curtail the power of England’s King John. There are only 24 editions of the document in known existence around the world. The discovery of the Sandwich Magna Carta brings the total number of surviving originals of the 1300 edition to seven.

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SOURCE: TIME, Laura Stampler

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