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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.11

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.11
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After the lady Blanche's death, and the duke unt-ried the daughter of don Pedro, he ftill cohabited with the lady Catherine de Ruet, who was then married to an Englifh knight now dead*. • • The duke of Lancafter had three childrenf by her, previous to his marriage, two fons and a daughter ; the eldeft fon was named John lord Beaufort of Lancafter ; the other Thomas, whom the duke kept at the fchools in Oxford* and made a great churchman and civilian; He was afterward bifhop of Lincoln, which is the richeft bifhoprick in the kingdom: from afFeftion to thefe children, the duke married their mother, to the great afto--nifhment of France and England, for Catherine Swineford wis of bafe extra&ion in comparifon to his two former ducheffes Blanche and Confiance.* • When this marriage was announced to the ladies of high rank in England, fuch as the duchefs of Glocefter, the countefs of Derby, the countefs of Arundel, and others connefted with the ( royal fa-mily, they were greatly fhoeked, and thought thç duke much to blame. They faid, 4 he had fadly difgraced himfelf by thus marrying his concubine,* and added, that,f fincc it was fo, fhe would be the • Sir Hugh Swineford. f Froiffart miftakes in the number, and Thomas for Henry. According to Sandfbrd, he h'ad four children by Catherine Swineford :—John Beaufort, ear! of Somerfet,—Henry Beaufort* biftop of Winchester and cardinal of Beaufort,—Thomas Beau--fort* duke .of Exeter and carl of Dorfet,—Joan Beaufort, countefs of Weftmoreland. ' For further particulars, fee Sandfbrd and Dugdalc. fécond


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