Posted by: vikingsinspace | November 29, 2010

I.4.01.1.10. Visit Runnymeade

Date Accomplished: 14 August 2010

Runnymede

Being a medievalist with a focus on the twelfth century and the Angevin kings, I have wanted to visit Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 for many years.  My girlfriend and I decided to take a day trip out of London to do this, and caught a train to Egham so we could walk along the Thames on our way out to Runnymede.  On the way out, we got caught in a huge downpour of rain and were stuck under a large tent covering an ice-cream sales-point for about an hour.  After the rain let up a little we left the safety of the tent to brave the fields of Runnymede, dealing with the wet and muddy ground all the way.

Magna Carta Monument

The British don’t seem to have a monument set up to commemorate the signing of Magna Carta, aside from a small stone plaque one sees entering the fields along the A308.  The main monument at Runnymede was erected by the American Bar Association on a small hill in the fields.  The monument certainly has the feel of an American monument, being in the neo-classical style like much of the architecture in Washington D.C.  Of course, the monument is not on the site where Magna Carta was signed, mainly because we do not know exactly where the Charter was actually drawn up and settle, just that it was agreed upon somewhere int he fields of Runnymede.

Royal Holloway

After visiting Runnymede, we went back to Egham and had a quick look around the university there called Royal Holloway.  My Girlfriend had spent a semester at the school and wanted to show me the place, and I have to say that it is a beautiful campus with a very impressive main building.  Luckily, the rain had quit by this point…

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