London, England

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Visit to Salisbury

Ah, the British countryside.  Gorgeous green fields.  Flowers in full-bloom.  Grazing sheep.  Mysterious Stonehenge. The historic and beautiful Salisbury Cathedral.   An outdoor market.  A pub lunch.

My five picture story depicts DC having a jacket potato with chili, a salad, and a coke for lunch at the Clough in Salisbury.

The main feature of our visit was the Salisbuury Cathedral.  The Salisbury Cathedral houses a copy of the Magna Carta.  The Magna Carta was signed in 1215 by King John of England.  The landowners forced King John to sign it in order to protect their rights and privileges. It was the first document to grant liberties to the people and ensure that the king's rule would be consistent and not arbitrary.

Displayed around the Magna Carta were quotes about freedom.  I was particularly struck by a quote from Desmond Tutu and felt that it sums up the sentiments of the advocates of the Magna Carta, "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master.  I want the full menu of human rights."

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