Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 21, fol 27v-28r
England, circa 1301
Here is another miniature law book, open to the end of the Magna Carta (on the left you may be able to read the words "Explicit magna carta") and the beginning of the Carta de Foresta. The Magna Carta is the rights document first issued in 1215 that became the basis for English common law, the British Parliament, and the United States’ Bill of Rights. The Carta de Foresta is something of a complement to the Magna Carta, reestablishing peasants’ access to the royal forest, which had been limited for nearly 200 years after William the Conqueror and the Norman invasion of England.