The Magna Carta Project

XVI. A late thirteenth century statute book: Huntington Library California MS. H.M. 25782, fos.17-20v.

by Professor David Carpenter

This copy (in the same volume from which Galbraith’s 1215 copy came) has the 1217 preamble without any reference to free and spontaneous will. The earl’s relief is ‘de comitatu integro’. The baronial relief is 100 marks. The end is as the 1225 Charter, so there is nothing on adulterine castles, while the saving clause is in the 1225 position. There is the tax, and the promise not to seek anything to overturn the concessions. There is one witness, namely Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, and no giving clause and date.

The Copies of Magna Carta