The Magna Carta was written in medieval Latin. Although most of the charter is not pertinent to modern times, it guarantees an individual's right to due process, requiring that certain legal procedures must be followed.
In 1215, King John met British barons at Runnymede to discuss limiting the king's feudal rights and his forms of justice. After a compromise was reached, many copies of the agreement were handwritten by royal scribes onto expensive parchment, using abbreviations to shorten the text. The documents were distributed to bishops, sheriffs and other important officials. As of 2014, only four copies of the Magna Carta remain.