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Magna Carta story illuminated by discovery of medieval poem

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The Melrose Chronicle, written in Latin almost 800 years ago, is an account of events at Runnymede

A little-known medieval poem written almost 800 years ago by Scottish borders monks was revealed on Thursday as the earliest independent account of one of the single most important events in English history: the sealing of Magna Carta.

Curators at the British Library have been researching all aspects of Magna Carta for an exhibition marking its 800th anniversary next year.

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