Magna Carta to stay longer in New York

New Yorkers and visitors to the city will have an unusual opportunity to see the Magna Carta throughout May at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan.

The thirteenth-century document that marked an early step from absolute to constitutional monarchy in England was originally in New York for a special event, but was delayed by the air traffic chaos following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.

The Magna Carta exists in multiple copies. The one in New York, which normally resides at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. "dates to 1217 and is one of 17 surviving originals produced in the 13th century that bear the royal seal."