Monthly Archives: May 2013

John of Gaunt’s Mistress

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Katherine de Rouet was born in about 1350 in Hainult, now in Belgium, the daughter of a Flemish Herald, Sir Payne de Rouet.  She was educated at a convent in Romsey, Hampshire and later joined her sister Philippa, who became the … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Royal Bishop

Geoffrey Plantagenet, sometimes known as Geoffrey Fitzroy, was an illegitimate son of Henry II.  He was born about 1150, before his father married Eleanor of Aquitaine. Even though he had not taken holy orders he was appointed Archdeacon of Lincoln in … Continue reading

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Murder in the Cathedral

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Lincoln and its Cathedral has been the background for many strange and bloody events, but the one described here is probably one of the most tragic. William de Bramfield was a subdean at Lincoln Cathedral, he would carry out the … Continue reading

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