The Magna Carta Project

X. St Albans abbey, Matthew Paris’s Liber Additamentorum: BL Cotton MS Nero D I, f.199d.

by Professor David Carpenter

This is a single sheet copy of the Charter bound into Matthew Paris’s Liber Additamentorum.  Holt considered it to be not a copy but an authentic chancery exemplification of the 1225 Charter as circulated in 1253.1 This seems unlikely.2 The copy omits the witnesses apart from Archbishop Langton.

1

J. C. Holt, ‘The St Albans Chroniclers and Magna Carta’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, fifth series, 14 (1964), pp.67-88, reprinted in his collected essays, Magna Carta and Medieval Government (London, 1095), pp.266-87, at pp.81-2, 87-8.

2

See D.A. Carpenter, ‘Magna Carta 1253: the ambitions of the church and the divisions within the realm’, Historical Research, 86 (2013), p.183 note 25.

The Copies of Magna Carta