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Beaumont, John, first Viscount Beaumont (1409?–1460), magnate and courtier  

John Watts

Beaumont, John, first Viscount Beaumont (1409?–1460), magnate and courtier, was the elder son and heir of Henry, fifth Baron Beaumont of Folkingham, Lincolnshire (1379/80–1413) and Elizabeth (d. 1427), daughter of William, fifth Baron Willoughby of Eresby. He was one of the most powerful lords in ...

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Bigod, Roger, fourth earl of Norfolk (c. 1212–1270), magnate and courtier  

Robert C. Stacey

Bigod, Roger, fourth earl of Norfolk (c. 1212–1270), magnate and courtier, was the eldest son of Hugh (II) Bigod, earl of Norfolk, and his wife, Matilda Marshal (c.1192–1248). Hugh (III) Bigod was his brother. Roger was a minor when his father died in 1225; his wardship went first to ...

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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier  

S. J. Gunn

Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545), magnate, courtier, and soldier, was the second but only surviving son of Sir William Brandon (d. 1485) and his wife, Elizabeth Bruyn (d. 1494) of South Ockendon. The manner of Sir William's death, killed at ...

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Brandon, Charles, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545)  

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Charles Brandon, first duke of Suffolk (c. 1484–1545) by unknown artist, c. 1540–45 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Damory [Amory], Sir Roger (d. 1322), baron and courtier  

J. R. Maddicott

Damory [Amory], Sir Roger (d. 1322), baron and courtier, was the younger son of Sir Robert Damory, of Bucknell and Woodperry, Oxfordshire, Thornborough, Buckinghamshire, and Ubley in Somerset, who died in or before 1285. Although his family was one of well-established county gentry, ...

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Dudley, Robert, earl of Leicester (1532/3–1588)  

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Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester (1532/33–1588) by unknown artist, c. 1575 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dudley, Robert, earl of Leicester (1532/3–1588), courtier and magnate  

Simon Adams

Dudley, Robert, earl of Leicester (1532/3–1588), courtier and magnate, was born on 24 June 1532 or 1533, the fifth son of John Dudley, duke of Northumberland (1504–1553), royal minister, and his wife, Jane Dudley (1508/9–1555) [see under Dudley, John, duke of Northumberland (1504–1553)...

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Grey, Richard de (d. before 1272), baron and member of Henry III's military household  

Robert C. Stacey

Grey, Richard de (d. before 1272), baron and member of Henry III's military household, was the eldest son of Henry de Grey of Codnor, Derbyshire, and Thurrock, Essex (d. 1219), and Isolda (d. 1246), sister and coheir of Robert Bardolf of ...

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Grey, Thomas, second marquess of Dorset (1477–1530), magnate and courtier  

Robert C. Braddock

Grey, Thomas, second marquess of Dorset (1477–1530), magnate and courtier, was born on 22 June 1477, the third son and heir of Thomas Grey, first marquess of Dorset (c. 1455–1501), and his wife, Cicely (d. 1530), daughter of William Bonville, Baron Harrington...

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Holland [Holand], Thomas, sixth earl of Kent and duke of Surrey (c. 1374–1400), magnate and courtier  

James L. Gillespie

Holland [Holand], Thomas, sixth earl of Kent and duke of Surrey (c. 1374–1400), magnate and courtier, was the son and heir of Richard II's half-brother Thomas Holland, earl of Kent (1350–1397), and Alice, daughter of Richard Fitzalan, earl of Arundel. He had two brothers, including ...

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Mandeville, William de, third earl of Essex (d. 1189), magnate and courtier  

Thomas K. Keefe

Mandeville, William de, third earl of Essex (d. 1189), magnate and courtier, was the second son of Geoffrey de Mandeville, first earl of Essex (d. 1144), and Rohese de Vere. William inherited the earldom of Essex in 1166, after the death of his brother ...

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Marshal, Richard, sixth earl of Pembroke (d. 1234), magnate and courtier  

D. J. Power

Marshal, Richard, sixth earl of Pembroke (d. 1234), magnate and courtier, lord of Leinster, Longueville, and Orbec, was born in the early 1190s, the second son of William (I) Marshal, earl of Pembroke and Striguil, regent of England, and Isabel de Clare, daughter and eventual heir of ...

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Montagu [Montacute], John, third earl of Salisbury (c. 1350–1400), magnate and courtier  

Anthony Goodman

Montagu [Montacute], John, third earl of Salisbury (c. 1350–1400), magnate and courtier, was the son and heir of John, first Lord Montagu (d. 1390), and nephew of William Montagu, second earl of Salisbury (d. 1397). His mother, Margaret (d. 1395), was the daughter and heir of ...

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Plugenet, Alan de, first Lord Plugenet (d. 1298), baron and royal councillor  

Nicholas Vincent

Plugenet, Alan de, first Lord Plugenet (d. 1298), baron and royal councillor, was the son of Alan (I) de Plugenet (d. after 1230) and Alice, his wife, daughter of Thomas of Rochford and Isabella de Berkeley. The Plugenets were almost certainly of Breton descent, perhaps native to ...

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Ros, Robert de (d. c. 1270), baron and royal councillor  

Nicholas Vincent

Ros, Robert de (d. c. 1270), baron and royal councillor, was the younger son of Robert de Ros of Helmsley in Yorkshire (c.1182–1226/7) and his wife, Isabella, an illegitimate daughter of William I, king of Scots. The Ros family, which took its name from ...

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Russell, John, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555)  

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John Russell, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555) by Hans Holbein the younger, late 1530s The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Russell, John, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555), courtier and magnate  

Diane Willen

Russell, John, first earl of Bedford (c. 1485–1555), courtier and magnate, was probably born in Dorset, the son and heir of James Russell (d. 1505/6), landowner, of Kingston Russell, Dorset, and his first wife, Alice, daughter of John Wise of Sydenham, Devon...

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Somerset, Charles, first earl of Worcester (c. 1460–1526)  

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Charles Somerset, first earl of Worcester (c. 1460–1526) by unknown sculptor reproduced by kind permission of the Dean and Canons of Windsor