As we focus on celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, we must not forget the Surety Barons. These 25 barons from amongst the many rebel barons were elected to ensure that the king kept to his agreement. They were elected and for the first time, the king had a greater power to answer to. Many argue that they pave the way for parliament.
In the activity, the children will consider the role of the surety barons and then look at their 'arms'. They will design their own arms and take their place amongst the powerful nobles of the 13th century.
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