NOTE: I wanted to comment on the previous Did You Know entry, number 27. Upon further reflection I was somewhat struck by the fact that I was really excited about the link to James Arness and Peter Graves, it never really hit me to think it of interest to see a clear link with English royalty. Sometimes, even if by accident, we do have a way of getting our priorities right. Curiosity got the best of me about who these people were that I'd passed over without giving them a thought.
Turmoil enveloped John as he did battle with Parliament, defended the religious leader John Wycliffe, saw his nephew crowned King Richard II, and while guarding the border of Scotland his palace was burned in the peasant's revolt in June 1381. With his attention directed to Scotland, and then France, John was building a tradition of military failure. In the arts he showed great taste, becoming the patron of Geoffrey Chaucer, whose work Boke of the Duchesse was a lament for John's first wife, Blanche.
John married a third time (following the death of Constance in 1394, taking Catherine Swynford2 as his bride. She was the daughter of Sir With a reputation of great beauty, Catherine had been raised in a convent after the death of her parents early in her life. When she was 16 she was called back to the royal court where she became the wife of
King Edward III (also known as , the father of John of Gaunt, is our 21st great grandfather. He was born in 1312 at Windsor, Berkshire, England to King Edward II and Isabella of France. King Edward III reigned as King of England for fifty years (He was made Edward spent much of the late 1320's in France with his uncle Charles IV.
Edward was crowned King in 1327, although his mother, and her lover Roger Mortimer actually reigned in his name. He was married to In 1330 he set into motion a plan that resulted in the arrest and execution of Mortimer, and taking his rightful place as monarch of England. Following the death of Scotland's Robert the Bruce, Edward took advantage of the new king's youthfulness and invaded Scotland in 1332. He fought with France in what has come to be known as the Another blow to England during his reign was the plague, or Black Death.
While over his long reign Edward'."3 King Edward III died of a stroke on June 21, 1377 in London's Westminster Abbey.
1 John of Gaunt [http://www.nndb.com/people/826/000094544/]
2 Isabella [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_of_France]
3 King Edward [http://www.nndb.com/people/315/000093036/]