John of Gaunt
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.
DESCENDERS OF SWYNFORD --JOAN NEVILLE, Countess of Arundel- great granddaughter of Katherine Swynford. Was married at around the age of 14 with William Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel. Her groom was nearer 21 years old. Joan had at least five children. Thomas, Lord Maltravers, the Arundel heir married Margaret Woodville, Elizabeth’s sister. Joan died young. William survived his wife by 25 years, during which he showed no inclination to remarry. Was buried near his wife
HOUSE OF BEAUFORT~ illegitimate descendants from John Beaufort,John of Gaunt's son by his then-mistress Katherine Swynford. Their children were legitimized, but were officially barred from succeeding to the throne ("excepta regali dignitate"). They had three other children, also Beaufort: Henry, Thomas, and Joan.Henry and Thomas had no children, but Joan's many descendants included the Dukes of York, Norfolk, Buckingham; Warwick the "Kingmaker", Earls of Northumberland, Catherine Parr
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.
Kettlethorpe Actual medieval manor in which the real Katherine Swynford, 3rd wife of John of Gaunt and ancestress to the Tudor line, lived. She is the main character in Anya Seton's "Katherine." This 14th cen. gateway and the cellars beneath the manor house are all that's left of the manor from her time.
Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress & eventual wife of the great Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Katheryn's life shows us she was an enigmatic & resilient woman who cared for the royal children in the household's of Queen Philippa & Blanche of Lancaster. Upon becoming Duchess, Katheryn became a patron of the arts, & due to her extreme piety, an avid giver to religious houses, orphans & lepers. She was also a loving wife & mother.