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June 29, 2015

Magna Carta Baby Pacifier


It's never to early to start, what?

This year being the 800th anniversary of King John's affixing his seal to the Magna Carta, the British Museum and the Library of Congress and others are offering all manner of Magna Carta swag, including this functional little gewgaw.

From the website: "The Magna Carta (originally known as the Charter of Liberties) of 1215, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin, using standard abbreviations of the period, authenticated with the Great Seal of King John. The original wax seal was lost over the centuries. This document is held at the British Library and is identified as "British Library Cotton MS Augustus II.106."

White, Blue, or Pink: $13.95.

June 29, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


The Magna Carta. Hmm, odd choice. I like The Scream for a pacifier.

Posted by: Flautist | Jun 30, 2015 5:09:10 PM

@6.02*10^23, @Joe Peach:

Well, at least there's a trend. Perhaps in some future iteration of Twitter we'll all vote on every issue. Whether that will lead to enlightened liberty or uninformed chaos remains to be seen.

Gives you something to chew on, heh.

Posted by: Marianne | Jun 30, 2015 9:42:19 AM

Many, many attempts to formalize liberties beyond the power of the monarch were drafted, some even implemented - with all too predictable results. A precursor to the Magna Carta restricted King John from "seek[ing] to obtain nothing from anyone, in our own person or through someone else, whereby any of these grants or liberties may be revoked or diminished..." Leading promptly to a Papal alliance and vast bloodshed.

What most do not know is the relative insignificance of the Magna Carta - to the point that by the 15th century it was powerless and relegated to the debris of past pledges, treaties, and indulgences. It was not until the late 18th century that the Magna Carta found application in, limited, judicial rulings (the R in " R. v. Timson" - as any scholar of John Mortimer and his Barrister, Horace Rumpole, of The Bailey - knows is the indicator that the highest legal rule is still held by the Monarch). In the 20th century the Magna Carta has come into more and more judicial favor - but, never forget that per capita, the British have the most CCTV surveillance of any nation. Privacy and freedom of speech are rather sparse commodities these days.

Perhaps come that 1,600 anniversary we might see if any clause remains relevant.

Shame about Guy Fawkes.... That plot might well have made the same impression on the British Aristocracy as the later-in-time French Revolution did for Brioche lovers.

Consider - last week a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court described two of his colleagues' opinions as applesauce and nothing but fortune cookie clichés. (And the TPP was signed into law today - without debate, or review by the electorate, or the right to adopt any changes for six (6) years - potentially limiting the power of up to three elected presidents to vary from those secret agreements.)

We have a long, long way to go.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 30, 2015 4:30:25 AM

(40) To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

Need to reopen this one, just sayin'.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Jun 29, 2015 6:37:21 PM

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