November 6, 2014

Thomson Reuters and Library of Congress Honor Magna Carta Anniversary in New Book

Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor looks at the document’s impact on the rule of law, government, society and culture

Eagan, MN — Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor, a new book from Thomson Reuters and the Library of Congress, is a collaboration of exhibit images and scholarly essays honoring the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The book explores the profound impact that Magna Carta has had on the global rule of law, and includes a foreword by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in which he defines Magna Carta as the seminal document to establish the global rule of law. The essays within, edited by Justice Randy Holland, Delaware Supreme Court, feature scholarly insights from distinguished authors including retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; retired Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Igor Judge; and Magna Carta in pop culture contributor and historian Carolyn Harris.

“This collaboration volume incorporating Library of Congress exhibit materials and scholarly essays provides a unique opportunity to experience this historic document,” said Justice Holland. “The scholars from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, define not only the enormous impact on the United States Constitution, but also the relevance of Magna Carta today through books, movies and even the Jay-Z album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail.’”

“Marking the importance of Magna Carta is central to our mission to foster a more transparent, inclusive, ethical and sustainable world,” said Patsy Doerr, global head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion for Thomson Reuters. “While we begin the celebration of this 800th Magna Carta anniversary with the opening of the Library of Congress exhibit and the publication of this volume, Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor, we realize this anniversary is also a reminder to all of us that the rule of law is hard fought, and not yet experienced by all.

“We herald the creation of this publication, and the historic documents which used Magna Carta as their basis,” Doerr continued. “But we should also remember that the rule of law, fair markets and transparent governments require our unwavering attention to ensure that they can endure for future generations.”

Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor is co-published by Thomson Reuters and the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress exhibit features the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of the four surviving copies issued in 1215. This volume incorporates the 80 images of the exhibit, with scholarly essays from the following authors: retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; retired Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Igor Judge; Lady Justice Mary Arden; Sir John Baker; Jane Frecknall-Hughes; Bryan A. Garner; Robin Griffith-Jones; Carolyn Harris; A.E. Dick Howard; William C. Koch Jr.; David S. Mao; Thomas J. McSweeney; Susan Reyburn; G. Alan Tarr; and Justin Wert.

This $69 book is available in print and as an ebook at and at the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the “Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor” exhibit, which is free to the public, and will run from November 6, 2014, through January 19, 2015.

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