Saturday, May 10, 2008

1403 :: Katherine Swynford

On this date in our distant family history . . . the 10th day of May . . . in the year 1403 . . . Katherine de Roet dies in Lincolnshire, England . . . her tomb, and that of her daughter Joan Beaufort, are under a carved-stone canopy in the sanctuary of Lincoln Cathedral, but their remains are no longer in them, because the tombs were despoiled in 1644, during the English Civil War . . . this dowager Duchess of Lancaster is currently believed to be a 16th great-grandma of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

The Dictionary of National Biography
By Sidney Lee
"revenues Lancaster Annalts Henrici IV p 814 Catherine died at Lincoln on 10 May 1403 and was buried in the angel choir of the cathedral Her tomb bore the arms of England with those of Roelt gules three cathe rine wheels or She gave the cathedral a number of chasubles and other vestments figured with silver wheels in allusion to her arms Ardueologitt liii 23 49 By John of Gaunt Catherine was mother of John Beaufort earl of Somerset d 1409 Henry Beaufort qv cardinal and bishop of Winchester Thomas Beaufort duke of Exeter qv and Joan who married Ralph Neville earl of Westmorland 1 1 children took the name of Beaufort from the castle of that name in Anjou where they were born Through her son John Catherine Swynford was great great grandmother of Henry VII SIR THOMAS SWTNFORD 13C8 P 1433 t he "


"to happen However as Froissart goes on to say Catherine Rouet remained Duchess of Lancaster and second lad in England as long as she lived She was a lady accustomed to honours for she had been brought up at court during her youth Katherine died on May 10th 1403 having seen her children legitimated by Act of Parliament in February 1 397 She was buried in Lincoln Cathedral the scene of her second wedding where also her daughter Joan Countess of Westmoreland was interred but a few years afterwards It is needless to trace the history of her sons but it may be observed that the coats of arms which they had hitherto borne were then changed on their legitimation and they assumed France and England quarterly within a bordure gobony argent and azure Their badge of the portcullis was as Willement 5 observes evidently the type of the c"

Scraps from my scrap-book.
Comprising rambling recollections of cardinal Wiseman,

and other scraps
By Scraps

"The reader will remember that the Duke"

"Mm or her sons From Lingard we find that Swynford was a knight"

Katherine Swynford is the subject of Anya Seton's novel Katherine (published in 1954) and of Alison Weir's biography Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess. Swynford is also the subject of Jeanette Lucraft's historical biography Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress. This book seeks to establish Swynford as a powerful figure in the politics of 14th-century England, and an example of how a woman could manipulate the social mores of the time for her own interests rather than just as the sexual temptress that previous writers have portrayed. See also . . .

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