Archivists at Brock University, Canada, dig into the mystery of how 13th-century document wound up in their offices in St. Catharines.
It’s not exactly the Magna Carta, although it was penned around the same time, in similar Latin script, on English parchment.
It’s a simple document, in the legalese of the day, by which a low-to-middling noble named Robert de Clopton granted land to his son, William, in the 13th century.
Apart from its age, its most intriguing aspect is how it resurfaced all these years later: in a filing cabinet at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., during an office reorganization last summer.
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