The names of the twenty-five barons elected as sureties or guarantors of Magna Carta are now part of the historical record. Their lives and achievements have been well documented and, rightly or wrongly, many people proudly claim descent from them. Yet these men were very much a product of those unsettled times. They were the aristocratic elite of Anglo-Norman society, holding large swathes of land from the king, particularly in the North of England and East Anglia. Each baron had at least one barony that was made up of a number of fees or manors, and one manor in particular was the caput honouris, the chief manor. Eight centuries later, unsurprisingly, few of the barons’ descendants are connected with the communities that developed on these manors.