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John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the complex 'hero' of The Scandalous Duchess. My 18th great grandfather.

1403-1444 - John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset - Wimborne Minster, Dorset eldest son of John of Gaunt. Margaret Beaufort's father. Henry VII's grandfather. Believed to have commited suicide after a quarrel with the government led him to the disgrace of banishment from court. Henry VII' s best blood claim to the throne actually came through this Beaufort line, which was descended from a mistress (and later wife) of John of Gaunt named Katherine Swynford.

The Beaufort Portcullis was a very important part of the representation of Henry VII and that of his descendants. Margaret Beaufort, his mother, is a descendant of the first duke of Lancester, John of Gaunt. He was the son of king Edward III which means that Henry Tudor had Royal blood which strengthens his claim on the throne

Henry of Bolingbroke, I Duke of Hereford, II Duke of Lancaster was born the only legitimate son of John of Gaunt (q.v.) in 1366. Gaunt, I Duke of Lancaster, was the second son of Edward III. His elder brother was known as the Black Prince, who died before he could become king.

Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster became the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, a son of King Edward III. Their descendants were members of the Beaufort family, which played a major role in the Wars of the Roses. Henry VII, who became King of England in 1485, derived his claim to the throne from his mother Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was a great-granddaughter of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford.

John of Gaunt (1340-1399), Prince and Steward of England; 4th son of Edward III John ('John of Gaunt'), Duke of Lancaster and Aquitaine

JOHN BEAUFORT of GAUNT "Duke of Aquitaine, 1st Duke of Lancaster, King of Castile" Plantagenet 1340-1399 . Son of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault. His wife was Catherine Swynford Princess and Duchess of Lancaster Roet. John was not only one of the richest men in his era, but also one of the wealthiest men to have ever lived. Taking into account inflation rates, John was worth a modern equivalent of $110 billion, making him the sixteenth richest man in history.

Father and son : Prince Edward and king George V

King Henry III (1207-1272); son of King John, he became king at the age of nine in 1216.

Image of the so-called Beaufort Hours supposedly depicting John Beaufort (son of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt) and his wife Margaret Holland.

Edward VI. This portrait is an obvious attempt to link Edward, the only legitimate son of Henry VIII, to his father. That pose is unmistakable. Unfortunately, Edward died while he was still a teenager, so he never had the chance to develop the mature confidence that he's (probably) feigning here.

John Beaufort, 1st Marquess of Somerset & 1st Marquess of Dorset, later 1st Earl of Somerset,(1373 – 1410) was the 1st of 4 illegitimate (later legitimized) children of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, & his mistress Katherine Swynford, later his wife. John Beaufort & his wife Margaret, the daughter of Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent & Alice FitzAlan, had 6 children. He was an ancestor of the Tudor dynasty.