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