Two different Magna Cartas in Washington

In 2014, the city of Washington DC was privileged to host two copies of the Magna Carta, one permanently housed in the National Archives, and another on loan from Lincoln Cathedral in England, displayed at the Library of Congress. Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post looks at the differences between the two documents.

The Lincoln Cathedral copy of the Magna Carta dates to 1215, one of the world's earliest copies, owned by the church since the 13th century. The National Archives copy dates to 1297 when the document was placed on the official legal registry in England.

Which to see? Both, says Edgers, and gives his reasons.