The Magna Carta Barons, edited by Peter Sinclair
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.
Published by Frontline States on behalf of
The Magna Carta Barons Association
68pp, A4, sewn paperback
ISBN 978-1-873639-07-8, £10
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