From London to Buxton: Magna Carta duplicate
MERVYN Hopton brought a little piece of history back with him from a recent trip to London after visiting the The Folio Society bookshop.
The Buxton man and his partner Susan Taylor acquired a replicated version of the Magna Carta from the store in May this year.
Magna Carta, Latin for The Great Charter, is one of the most famous documents in the world.
It was originally issued by King John of England as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215.
The Magna Carta established for the first time the principal that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law.
Mr Hopton said it was a great honour to have
obtained the piece.
"On the very last day in London we ducked around to this store, had a look and thought - well there aren't too many of these that are going to be around Australia," he said.
"It cost a pretty penny but I think it gives us the link back to our very early English history on the Hopton line."
Mr Hopton said his DNA had been linked to connect him to the archbishop who was party to the historic agreement.
His reproduced facsimile, created by The Folio Society, had been created to capture the appearance and feel of the original document.
It was printed on a single piece of parchment, which had been hand cut to replicate the exact shape of the manuscript and presented in an oak frame.
Mr Hopkins said his duplicate was number 205 in the production run out of 480 which have been reproduced as part of the 800th year celebrations.
"It is a fairly rare commodity," he said.