Black Book of Peterborough (MS60, copy of 1215 draft)
Magna Carta Digital Resource
The Society of Antiquaries of London owns three copies of Magna Carta. In 2015, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, these we created an electronic edition comprising full-text transcriptions and digital images of each copy.
This project was completed in association with ITSEE, University of Birmingham.
About the Manuscripts
The manuscripts are as follows:
- MS60, copy of 1215 draft (inside a volume commonly known as the 'Black Book of Peterborough')
- MS544, copy of the 1225 reissue and the Charter of the Forests (commonly known as the 'Halesowen Abbey Scroll')
- MS701, copy of the 1225 reissue and the Charter of the Forests (inside a volume commonly known as the 'Hart Book of Statutes')
About the Digital Resource
Three different views are available in this electronic edition:
- Manuscript Viewer (Transcription and images of each page side-by-side)
- Synopsis (Texts of the three manuscripts for each chapter of Magna Carta)
- Comparison Window (Scrolling view of the three texts)
This project was made possible with the kind support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Headley Trust, The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts and the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee. Their generous support also made possible the Society's 2015 Magna Carta Through the Ages exhibition.
The following people have contributed to the creation of this edition: Prof. D.C. Parker, FSA; Prof. Stephen Church, FSA; Dr Michelle Brown, FSA; Dr Courtnay Konshuh; Dr Hugh Houghton; Dr Catherine Smith; Heather Rowland (Head of Library & Collections, Society of Antiquaries of London).