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Alice [married name Alice de Lusignan], suo jure countess of Eu (d. 1246), magnate  

Susan M. Johns

Alice [married name Alice de Lusignan], suo jure countess of Eu (d. 1246), magnate, was the daughter of Henri, count of Eu and lord of Hastings, and Matilda, the daughter of Hamelin (de Warenne), earl of Surrey, and Countess Isabel de Warenne...

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Bacon [née Cooke], Anne, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610), gentlewoman and scholar  

Lynne Magnusson

Bacon [née Cooke], Anne, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610), gentlewoman and scholar, was probably born at Gidea Hall, Essex. She was third of the nine children of Sir Anthony Cooke (1505/6–1576), one of the humanist educators who tutored Edward VI, and Anne (...

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Anne Bacon, Lady Bacon (c. 1528–1610) by unknown artist reproduced by permission of the Earl of Verulam. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bankes [née Hawtrey], Mary, Lady Bankes (d. 1661), royalist landholder  

Barbara Donagan

Bankes [née Hawtrey], Mary, Lady Bankes (d. 1661), royalist landholder, was the only daughter and an heir of Ralph Hawtrey (1570–1638) and his wife, Mary Altham (1578–1647). The Hawtreys claimed Norman descent and established themselves in Ruislip, Middlesex, in the sixteenth century. In 1618 she married ...

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Barrington [née Lytton], Judith, Lady Barrington (d. 1657), gentlewoman  

Caroline M. K. Bowden

Barrington [née Lytton], Judith, Lady Barrington (d. 1657), gentlewoman, was the daughter of the MP Sir Rowland Lytton (d. 1615) of Knebworth, Hertfordshire. Her family had puritan sympathies and was one in which daughters were encouraged to read. In 1612 she married ...

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Basset, Philippa, countess of Warwick (d. 1265), magnate  

Peter Coss

Basset, Philippa, countess of Warwick (d. 1265), magnate, was the eldest of three daughters and coheirs of Thomas Basset, lord of Colyton and Whitford, Devon, and Headington, Oxfordshire. When he died in 1220 she took Headington as her third of his estate. Meanwhile, however, ...

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Beaufort [married names Ferrers, Neville], Joan, countess of Westmorland (1379?–1440), magnate  

Anthony Tuck

Beaufort [married names Ferrers, Neville], Joan, countess of Westmorland (1379?–1440), magnate, was the youngest of the four children of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster (1340–1399), and his mistress, Katherine Swynford (1350?–1403) [see Katherine, duchess of Lancaster].

The dates of birth of all four children are uncertain, though there may be some significance in the pattern of gifts from ...

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Berkeley, Elizabeth, countess of Warwick (c. 1386–1422), magnate  

Jennifer C. Ward

Berkeley, Elizabeth, countess of Warwick (c. 1386–1422), magnate, was the daughter of Thomas, fifth Baron Berkeley (1353–1417), and Margaret (1360–c.1392), daughter and heir of Warin de Lisle. In September 1392 an agreement was drawn up with Thomas Beauchamp, earl of Warwick...

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Blount, Martha (1690–1763)  

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Martha Blount (1690–1763) by Charles Jervas, 1716 [Blount sisters [left to right]: and Teresa Blount (1688–1759)] reproduced by permission of the Mapledurham Trust. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Blount, Martha (1690–1763), Roman Catholic gentlewoman  

Valerie Rumbold

Blount, Martha (1690–1763), Roman Catholic gentlewoman, was born on 15 June 1690 at the family estate of Mapledurham, Berkshire, the third child (but second eldest surviving) of six born to Lister Blount (1654–1710) and his wife, Martha (d. 1743), daughter of Anthony Englefield...

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Bolebec, Isabel de, countess of Oxford (c. 1164–1245), magnate and monastic patron  

RaGena C. DeAragon

Bolebec, Isabel de, countess of Oxford (c. 1164–1245), magnate and monastic patron, was the eldest daughter of Hugh de Bolebec (d. c.1165), lord of Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, and a patron of the order of Friars Preacher in England. She appears first in the records as the widow of ...

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Brotherton [Marshal], Margaret, suo jure duchess of Norfolk (c. 1320–1399), magnate  

Rowena E. Archer

Brotherton [Marshal], Margaret, suo jure duchess of Norfolk (c. 1320–1399), magnate, was the eldest daughter and eventually sole heir of Thomas of Brotherton, first earl of Norfolk (1300–1338), the eldest son of Edward I from his second marriage, and Alice Hales (d...

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Bryene, Alice (c. 1360–1435)  

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Alice Bryene (c. 1360–1435) monumental brass, photograph by Christopher S. Moss, 2015 © All Saints' Church, Acton, Suffolk

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Bryene [Brian, Bryan; née Bures], Alice (c. 1360–1435), landowner  

ffiona von Westhoven Peregrinor

Bryene [Brian, Bryan; née Bures], Alice (c. 1360–1435), landowner, was probably born at Acton, near Sudbury, Suffolk, the only child of Sir Robert Bures (d. 1361) and his wife, Joan, née Sutton. Her great-grandfather Sir Robert Bures (d. 1331) was a member of ...