28 Sep 2017 - St Mary's Church, Ewelme, Oxfordshire

Alice Chaucer 1404-1475

Lady of the Garter

Note the Garter on the left wrist. Alice Chaucer was appointed Lady of the Garter in 1432 by Henry VI King England II King France 1421-1471 (since Henry was eleven years old at the time the appointment is likely to be by one of his uncles: Regent John Lancaster 1st Duke Bedford 1389-1435 or Protector Humphrey Lancaster 1st Duke Gloucester 1390-1447.

The effigy was, apparently, viewed to determine how a lady should wear the garter at the re-commencement of Lady of the Garter appointments in 1901 after a gap of several hundred years.

Cadaver Sculpture underneath the Tomb of Alice Chaucer

A particularly fine example of the cadaver tomb underneath the chest on which Alice's effigy lies. Full-length in a shroud.

Tomb of Thomas Chaucer 1367-1434 and Maud Burghesh 1379-1437