The Magna Carta Barons

Edited by Peter Sinclair

This is the first and only book to tell the story of the 25 Magna Carta Barons: who they were, what they did, and what happened to them after Magna Carta was sealed 800 years ago.

Chosen by the rebel army at Runnymede in June 1215 to guarantee King John’s compliance with the terms of the Charter, these were men whose family ties and sense of entitlement made them a powerful opposition to the king. Most held extensive lands in the north and east of England and many were descendants of the Normans who had accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066 a few generations before.

It was their fight for the fundamental principle that everyone is subject to the rule of law that laid the basis for the democracy we enjoy today in the United Kingdom, the United States and other free nations — while the struggle against tyranny and arbitrary rule continues in many less fortunate parts of the world.

The biographies of the Barons were written by Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway University of London, and the photographs were chosen by the villages and towns where the Barons had their chief manors in 1215 as part of the celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary in 2015.


The Magna Carta Barons Association
Magna Carta: 800 Years of Liberty
The Barons
Kinship Ties
The Manors
William d’Aubigny
Roger and Hugh Bigod
Henry de Bohun
Richard and Gilbert de Clare
John FitzRobert
William de Forz
William Hardel
William de Huntingfield
John de Lacy
William de Lanvalei
William Malet
Geoffrey de Mandeville
William Marshal (father and son)
Roger de Montbegon
Richard de Montfichet
William de Mowbray
Richard de Percy
Saer de Quincy
Robert de Ros
Geoffrey de Say
Robert de Vere
Eustace de Vesci
Magna Carta, translated by Henry Summerson et al.
Name Index

Published by Frontline States on behalf of
The Magna Carta Barons Association
68pp, A4, sewn paperback
ISBN 978-1-873639-07-8, £12.99

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