Another sunny start to the day and not a cloud in sight, although a tad windier than yesterday. Had numerous errands to run so it was a triple whammy for Errandonnee as I was able to do them all on my bike.
My first trip was to Lincoln Castle.
There is some major renovation work taking place at the moment and the plans look amazing for what it will look like. Its due to open early April, I hope its ready in time for a special occasion because this year celebrates 800 years of the Magna Carta. There are only four copies still in existence, one is kept at Salisbury Cathedral, two are kept in the British Library and one is kept at Lincoln Castle.
A brief history; The Magna Carta is latin for ‘The Great Charter’ and was agreed by King John of England on the 15th June 1215.
First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons. Magna Carta still forms an important symbol of liberty today, often cited by politicians and campaigners, and is held in great respect by the British and American legal communities, Lord Denning describing it as “the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot”.
That last statement really hit home in the light of what is happening in our world right now! A certain group who is killing people who do not follow their beliefs or who just happen to have been born in the wrong part of the world, the word despot does not come close!
The two other errands were to get my Mothers Day card posted on time and also to get some money changed so that I can obtain a $5 bill so that I can claim my Errandonnee prize. So all in all a very productive journey.