succeeded 30 Sept 1399 (House of Lancaster).
John of Gaunt
mar 2ndly, 1371, to
Constance of Castile and had issue.
Around 1371–1372 he began a long-term affair with Catherine Roet and had illegitimate issue.
She would eventually become his 3rd wife.
He was the effective ruler of England in the reigns of
late Edward III - early Richard II (1370s-80s).
His seat in London was the grand
on The Strand,
He appears in the play
He was a
the "Morning Star of the Reformation",
who produced the first English translation of the Bible 1382.
His wife died 1394.
mar 3rdly, 1396, to his long-time mistress Catherine Roet
by whom he had already had illegitimate issue.
His children by Catherine Roet were legitimated by statute 1397
"for all purposes save succession to the crown".
He died 3 Feb 1399, age 58 yrs.
He was bur in the old St.Paul's Cathedral, London.
He was never king himself, but within months of his death his son became king.
Catherine died 10th May 1403, Lincoln, age 53 yrs.
bur Lincoln Cathedral.
John of Gaunt had issue by Catherine Roet:
Tomb of John of Gaunt (died 1399)
and his 1st wife Blanche Plantagenet (died 1368).
In the old
St.Paul's Cathedral, London.
The cathedral and the
tomb were totally destroyed in the
Great Fire of London 1666.
the tombs lost in the fire of 1666.
This is a modern monument
in the new
Above is the section listing
the 14th century tombs of John of Gaunt and his wife Blanche.
See full size.
This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England
Celebrity Net Worth
estimates John of Gaunt as the 16th richest person in human history (adjusted for inflation).
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