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Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent (roof boss of Canterbury Cathedral; wife of Edward, oldest son of Edward III; mother of Richard II, who lost his crown to Lancastrian Henry of Bolingbroke, laying the foundation for the War of the Roses.

Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent (roof boss of Canterbury Cathedral; wife of Edward, oldest son of Edward III; mother of Richard II, who lost his crown to Lancastrian Henry of Bolingbroke, laying the foundation for the War of the Roses.

Magna Carta, the final version issued in 1225 by Henry III (vellum) Great Charter,Charter of Liberties,originally  issueded in  1215,King John (1167-1216) forced to agree to curbs on royal powe andauthority,CRT,DGT,teaty,manusript document,medieval,peace,rebelion,English barons.

Magna Carta, the final version issued in 1225 by Henry III (vellum) Great Charter,Charter of Liberties,originally issueded in 1215,King John (1167-1216) forced to agree to curbs on royal powe andauthority,CRT,DGT,teaty,manusript document,medieval,peace,rebelion,English barons.

Late fourteenth century costume, thanks to Dion Clayton Calthrop

Late fourteenth century costume, thanks to Dion Clayton Calthrop

King Edward I of England, "Longshanks".  It's not unusual to trace your lineage back to royalty, as it turns out, but it's still exciting that first time.

King Edward I of England, "Longshanks". It's not unusual to trace your lineage back to royalty, as it turns out, but it's still exciting that first time.

The Wilton Diptych (left) - 1300–1400 in European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Wilton Diptych (left) - 1300–1400 in European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Henry II was notorious for his illicit relations with other men’s wives, and for having several illegitimate children. However, few records containing information about them have survived, and only records about the most infamous mistresses would have been written to start with. Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152.  Generation 28 on family tree.

Henry II was notorious for his illicit relations with other men’s wives, and for having several illegitimate children. However, few records containing information about them have survived, and only records about the most infamous mistresses would have been written to start with. Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152. Generation 28 on family tree.

Statue of Matilda of Flanders - Queen Consort of England and wife of William the Conqueror in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France. http://www.travellinghistorian.com/conquerp3m.jpg

Statue of Matilda of Flanders - Queen Consort of England and wife of William the Conqueror in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France. http://www.travellinghistorian.com/conquerp3m.jpg

King Richard II By Unknown artist Oil on panel, 1590-1610 From a set of sixteen portraits that were started in the late 16th Century to depict the early Kings of England.

King Richard II By Unknown artist Oil on panel, 1590-1610 From a set of sixteen portraits that were started in the late 16th Century to depict the early Kings of England.

Robert, Duke of Normandy, nicknamed Curthose for the shortness of his legs

Robert, Duke of Normandy, nicknamed Curthose for the shortness of his legs

Mathilda Plantagenet, daughter of Henry II and Eleanore of Aquitaine Birth: 	1156 Death: 	Jun. 28, 1189  Princess of England. Daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Married the 27 years o...

Mathilda Plantagenet, daughter of Henry II and Eleanore of Aquitaine Birth: 1156 Death: Jun. 28, 1189 Princess of England. Daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Married the 27 years o...

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