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Signet ring of the Black Prince. In 1337, Edward, the Black Prince was created Duke of Cornwall, taking precedence over all earls. Dukedoms were reserved for members of the Royal Family until 1387, when Robert de Vere, 9th Earl of Oxford, the favourite of Richard II, was created Duke of Ireland for life. De Vere had previously been created Marquess of Dublin for life, making him the first person to hold a dignity of such a rank between Dukes and Earls.


Window by Burlison & Grylls c1910 in the north aisle. The arms commemorate Edward the Black Prince, one of the founders of the church in 1342. Coventry, St John the Baptist.


Philippa of Hainault (1314 - 1369). Wife of Edward III. Queen from 1328 - 1369. Mother of Edward The Black Prince, and John of Gaunt. Her marriage was supposedly very happy.


Joan of Kent-known to history as ‘The Fair Maid of Kent’,described as “the most beautiful woman in all the realm of England, and the most loving”,known to history as ‘The Fair Maid of Kent’.First English Princess of Wales(1328-1385) lived impetuously and had a string of scandalous marriages.


Edward of Woodstock KG (15 June 1330 – 8 June 1376), called the Black Prince, was the eldest son of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault, and the father of King Richard II of England. He was the first Duke of Cornwall (from 1337), the Prince of Wales (from 1343) and the Prince of Aquitaine (1362–72).