Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress & eventual 3rd wife of Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt. Originally a misunderstood figure in history, recent scholarship has rehabilitated Katheryn's reputation & re-affirmed her significance in English history. She is the woman from which every ruler of England since Henry V is somehow descended. Most notably she is the ancestress of the Tudor's, the Stuart's & the Windsor's.
Berkeley Castle, where Edward II is believed to have been murdered here in 1327 on the orders of Mortimer and Isabella. But in his biography of Edward III, Ian Mortimer says that E-II didn't die here -- he lived on in exile on the Continent, and Edward III knew that. Interesting assertion.
George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence was born in Dublin on the 21st October 1449. He was the 3rd surviving son of Richard, Duke of York and Lady Cecily Neville. At the time his father was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Later they returned to Fotheringhay, which became home during his growing up. Three years later his brother Richard was born, the child who become Richard III.
Empress Matilda (1102 - 1167). After her brother died and her father failed to have a son with his second wife, he made the barons swear to honor Matilda as queen after his death. She was married first to Emperor Henry V and then to Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, who was the father of her son, Henry II. She briefly held power in 1141. She fought against her cousin, Stephen, for the throne, but lost. In 1153 Stephen was forced to accept her son as his heir, and she lived to see him crowned king.
Silver Falcon of the Plantagenets on top of a decorated bollard at the Hampton Court Palace in London, England; photo by Patrick Baty, a Historical Paint Consultant working at Hampton Court Palace to keep the colors of many places/ palaces/ objects historically correct
ISABELLA OF FRANCE (born between 1288-1296-d.1358). QUEEN CONSORT OF EDWARD II from 25th January, 1308 until her husband's deposition on 20th January, 1327. HOUSE OF PLANTAGENET. PICTURE: 15th century manuscript illustration of Isabella of France with Roger Mortimer (hence the reason why Isabella and her lover are wearing Gothic armor). From a manuscript in the British Library.
ANNE OF BOHEMIA (b.1366-d.1394).(First) QUEEN CONSORT OF RICHARD II from 20th January, 1382 until her death on 7th June, 1394. HOUSE OF PLANTAGENET. PICTURE: A rendering of Anne of Bohemia's tomb effigy, part of her joint tomb with Richard II at Westminster Abbey.