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Name: Katheryn de Roët Swynford Determine relationship to...
Birth: 1350 Father: Payne de Roët, King at Arms Mother:Catherine d'Avesnes
Christening:
Married: Hugh Swynford 13 JAN 1366 Saint Clement Dane s Church, London, England
Children Born Died
Blanchette Swynford MAY 1367
Thomas Swynford 1369
Married: John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster 13 JAN 1396 Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire, England
Children Born Died
John de Beaufort, Earl of Somerset 1373 21 APR 1410
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester 1375 11 APR 1447
Thomas de Beaufort, Duke of Exeter 1377 27 DEC 1426
Joan de Beaufort ABT 1379 13 NOV 1440
Death: 10 MAY 1403
Burial: Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire, England
Remarks: BIOGRAPHICAL: the honor granted her by Countess Margaret of Hainault

Governess to the Duke's daughter by his first wife, became John's mistress in 1388. The four children Catherine had borne John of Gaunt before they were married had been given the surname "Beaufort" and were already adults when they were legitimized (but barred from inheriting the throne by a clause inserted by half-brother Henry IV well into the latter's reign) in 1390.
Chaucer's poem «i»The Book of the Duchess«/i» commemorated Blanche's death in about 1369.

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