This silver ornament, known as a 'collar of SS' or 'of esses', is made up of 41 links, each in the form of a letter S. These collars were an emblem of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (1340-99), of his son Henry, who became King Henry IV in 1399, and of the other Lancastrian kings Henry V and Henry VI. Collars of varying degrees of value were presented to those the king wished to honour. A silver collar like this was probably made for someone below the rank of knight. Mid 15th century…
John of Gaunt, the Last Medieval Knight. A review of Norman Cantor's The Last Knight.
John O'gaunt - It has a long history and was once the site of a royal hunting lodge (at Rothwell Castle, off Wood Lane). One of the lodge's documented owners was John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, who is supposed to have killed the last wild boar in England while hunting nearby, hence a boar's head formed part of the arms of the former Rothwell Urban District Council.
Katherine Swynford: how a Duke's Mistress became the ancestor of royalty
Kenilworth Castle, in Warwickshire. The castle was originally Saxon, and this stone building dates from the 11th century. John of Gaunt acquired it from his first wife, and turned it from a purely military castle into a fortified home.
Royal Descendants of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt: Their Children
John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford can count many of Europe’s royal persons among their descendants, as well as some American presidents. John and Kate are also my 18th great-grandparents (though I’m not royal or at all famous). Still, I wanted to take the time and write about them and some of their royal descendants because a little of their blood runs through my veins, so I suppose I owe them that much. To simplify things, I thought I'd write a hub per generation. This is a hub about…
Katherine Swynford's coat of arms in Ripon Cathedral. She was given the 3 Catherine Wheels as a present by John of Gaunt so that she was able to bear her own coat of arms. It was joined with John of Gaunt's upon their marriage on the 13th January 1396 when she became the Duchess of Lancaster & the premier lady in the realm.
Blanche of Lancaster, first and beloved wife of John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. From John and Blanche sprang the Lancastrian branch of the Plantagenets through their son, Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV).