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About Blanche of Lancaster

"Blanche of Lancaster, Duchess of Lancaster (25 March 1345 – 12 September 1368) was an English noblewoman and heiress, daughter of England's wealthiest and most powerful peer, Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster. She was the first wife of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and the mother of King Henry IV of England."




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Blanche of Lancaster Memorial

Birth: Mar. 25, 1345 Lincolnshire, England Death: Sep. 30, 1369 Staffordshire, England

English nobility, the daughter of Henry of Grosmont, Duke of Lancaster and Isabel Beaumont. Some sources say she was born March 25, 1345. She married John of Gaunt on May 19, 1359 at Reading. The couple had seven children, including the future King Henry IV and Philippa, Queen of Portugal. Blanche died of plague at Bolingbroke Castle at the age of 29. Geoffrey Chaucer's original poem "The Book of the Duchess" was written as a eulogy for Blanche. (bio by: Kristen Conrad)

Family links:

 Henry of Lancaster (1310 - 1361)
 Isabel de Beaumont (____ - 1361)


  John of Gaunt (1340 - 1399)*


 Philippa of Lancaster (1360 - 1415)*
 Elizabeth Lancaster (1363 - 1425)*
  Henry IV (1367 - 1413)*


 Maud of Lancaster (1339 - 1362)*
 Blanche of Lancaster (1345 - 1369)

*Calculated relationship

Burial: Saint Paul's Cathedral London City of London Greater London, England

Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally Created by: girlofcelje Record added: Oct 30, 2003 Find A Grave Memorial# 8043645

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Blanche of Lancaster's Timeline

March 25, 1342
Monmouthshire, Wales
March 31, 1360
Leicester Castle, Leicester, Leicester, England (United Kingdom)
England, Leicestershire, , England
February 21, 1363
Burford, Shropshire, England
May 4, 1365
March 4, 1366
Leicester, Leicestershire, , England
April 3, 1367
Bolingbroke Castle, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom)
September 12, 1368
Age 26
Bolingbroke Castle, Lincolnshire, England
Bolingbroke Castle, Lincolnshire, , England