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Magna Carta: The British Library

http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta

In English, Magna Carta translates as "the Great Charter," and, in fact, the effects of this document drafted on a small island nation almost exactly 800 years ago have been great beyond measure. Unsurprisingly, the British Library's coverage of the document's legacy is excellent. Readers may like to start with the animation, What is Magna Carta, narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones, which provides a whimsical and informative overview of this most influential of documents. There is a tremendous amount of resources available on the site in categories such as Themes, Articles, Collection Items, Videos, People, and 800th Anniversary Programme. Educators may be especially interested in the Teaching Resources section, which features lesson plans and classroom activities on a host of topics. [CNH]