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Two-minute guide to history of Magna Carta and Runnymede

12 November 2010 Last updated at 13:12 GMT

Five years of global celebrations are under way leading up to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta begin with leading politicians gathering at Runnymede Meadows.

That's where King John petitioned to put his seal on the first great charter in 1215. Giles Dilnot has his own "horrible history" as he races through history.

The signpost graphic attempts (incorrectly!) to spell Runnymede in old English.

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