Biography of Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: /France/Families/Anjou_aka_Plantagenet[Paternal].html#Blanche_Plantagenet_Duchess_Lancaster_1345-1368

Maternal Family Tree: /England/Families/Maud_Saye[MFT].html#Blanche_Plantagenet_Duchess_Lancaster_1345-1368

Descendants Family Trees:

John "Lackland" I King England

Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 14 Grand Daughter of Aethelwulf King Wessex

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 17 Grand Daughter of Rhodri ap Mervyn "The Great" King Gwynedd

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 15 Grand Daughter of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg

Kings Powys: Great x 14 Grand Daughter of Brochfael ap Elisedd King Powys

Kings England: Great x 2 Grand Daughter of Henry III King England

Kings Scotland: Great x 7 Grand Daughter of Malcolm III King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 5 Grand Daughter of Louis VII King Franks

Kings France: Great x 3 Grand Daughter of Louis "Lion" VIII King France

Timeline

On 25 Mar 1345 Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 was born to Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster 1310-1361 and Isabel Beaumont Duchess Lancaster 1320-1361 at Bolingbroke Castle, Lindsey, Lincolnshire

In 1359 John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 were married at Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire. Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 by marriage Earl Richmond (5C 1342). John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 jure uxoris 5th Earl Lancaster, 2nd Earl Derby (2C 1337).

On 31 Mar 1360 Philippa Lancaster Queen Consort Portugal 1360-1415 was born to John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 at Leicester Castle, Leicester, Leicestershire

On 23 Mar 1361 Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 succeeded 5th Earl Lancaster

In 1362 John Lancaster 1362-1365 was born to John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368

On 10 Apr 1362 Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 succeeded 6th Earl Leicester (2C 1265)

Before 21 Feb 1363 Elizabeth Lancaster Duchess Exeter 1363-1426 was born to John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 at Burford, Shropshire

In 1365 Edward Lancaster 1365-1365 was born to John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368

In 1366 John Lancaster 1366-1367 was born to John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368

On 15 Apr 1367 Henry IV King England 1367-1413 was born to John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 at Bolingbroke Castle, Lindsey, Lincolnshire

In 1368 Isabel Lancaster 1368-1368 was born to John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368

On 12 Sep 1368 Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 died at Tutbury Castle, Tutbury, Staffordshire. Her last words were said to be "Souveyne vous de moi" ("Don't forget me") the 'S' of which was subsequently represented on the Lancastrian Esses Collar.

After 12 Sep 1368 Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 was buried at Old St Paul's Cathedral, Castle Baynard, City of London

The Lancastrian Esses and Inter-twined Knots Collar first appears in the early 15th Century. It is also possibly a reference to Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 "Souveyne vous de moi" or "Don't forget me" being a play on words on the "Forget Me Not" flower which is also sometimes referred to as "Souveyne vous de moi".

The Lancastrian Esses Collar first appears in the later 14th Century. Its is believed to represent the last words of his wife Blanche Plantagenet Duchess Lancaster 1345-1368 "Souveyne vous de moi" or "Don't forget me". The earliest example being seen on the tomb of John Swynford in Spratton, Northamptonshire, dated to 1368.

Ancestry

Father: Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster

GrandFather: Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl Leicester

Great GrandFather: Edmund Crouchback Plantagenet 1st Earl Leicester

Great Great GrandFather: Henry III King England

Great Great GrandMother: Eleanor Provence Queen Consort England

Great GrandMother: Blanche Capet Queen Navarre

GrandMother: Maud Chaworth

Mother: Isabel Beaumont Duchess Lancaster