Biography of Thomas Chaucer
Around 1367 Thomas Chaucer was born to Geoffrey Chaucer and Philippa Roet.
Before 1404 Thomas Chaucer and Maud Burghesh were married.
In 1404 Alice Chaucer Duchess Suffolk was born to Thomas Chaucer and Maud Burghesh.
In 1407 Thomas Chaucer was appointed as Speaker of the House of Commons.
Siege of Harfleur
In Sep 1415 Henry V King England commenced his invasion of France by undertaking the Siege of Harfleur to provide himself with a port from which to supply future operations. John Mowbray 2nd Duke Norfolk, John Fastolf and Thomas Chaucer fought. William "Jackanapes" Pole 1st Duke Suffolk was wounded. Benedict Nichols Bishop St David's was present.
On 17 Sep 1415 Nicholas IV Longford died. Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk died of dysentery.
On 18 Nov 1434 Thomas Chaucer died.
After 18 Nov 1434 Thomas Chaucer was buried at St Mary's Church.
After 1437. Tomb of Thomas Chaucer and Maud Burghesh in St Mary's Church.
The arms in two rows left to right . . .
Top Row . . .
1 Beaufort; Royal arms of England (France modern) within a bordure compony argent and azure
2 Possibly Cecily "Rose of Raby" Neville Duchess York; possibly Edward York 1st Duke Albemarle aka Aumale, 2nd Duke York who married Philippa Mohun
3 Thomas Beaufort 1st Duke Exeter
4 Thomas of Brotherton 1st Earl Norfolk impaled Neville
5 Thomas Beaufort 1st Duke Exeter (again?)
6 Stafford impaled Neville
7 Montacute and Monthermer impaled Burghesh (Burghesh here appears represented with an Argent (white) Chief (top bar) whichmay be a mistake when repainted).
1 Beauchamp quartered with Newburgh; Earl Warwick reflecting the Beauchamp family having inherited the Earldom of Warwick through marriage to Isabel Maudit who was the sister of William Maudit 8th Earl Warwick who died without issue. Isabel Maudit and William Maudit 8th Earl Warwick were the children of William Maudit and Alice Beaumont-Roger. Alice Beaumont-Roger inherited the Earldom of Warwick when her half-niece Margaret Beaumont-Roger 7th Countess Warwick died.
2 Mohun impaled Beaufort
3 Montacute and Monthermer impaled Mohun
4 Montacute and Monthermer quartered Neville
5 De la Pole quartered Neville
6 Despencer impaled Burghesh
7 Mohun impaled Burghesh; John Mohun 2nd Baron Mohun Dunster and Joan Burghesh Baroness Mohun Dunster.
After 1475. Monument to Alice Chaucer Duchess Suffolk. Wrist Garter in St Mary's Church. The effigy was, apparently, viewed to determine how a lady should wear the garter at the re-commencement of Lady of the Garter appointments in 1901 after a gap of several hundred years. A particularly fine Cadaver underneath the chest on which Alice's effigy lies. Full-length in a shroud.
Detail of the South Side of the Monument to Alice Chaucer Duchess of Suffolk. Arms from left to right . . .
1 Roet impaled Chaucer; Alice's paternal grandparents
2 De la Pole impaled Stafford; her third husbands parents Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk
3 Montacute and Monthermer impaled Francis? Possibly Alice's second husband's parents John Montagu 3rd Earl Salisbury and Maud Francis Countess Salisbury
4 De la Pole quartered Chaucer
5 Roet impaled Chaucer
7 De la Pole
8 De la Pole impaled Royal Arms of England signifying Alice's son John's marriage to Elizabeth of York sister of Edward IV King England.
Detail of the North Side of the Monument to Alice Chaucer Duchess of Suffolk. Arms from left to right . . .
1 De la Pole quarterd Chaucer impaled Unknown
2 De la Pole; her third husband William "Jackanapes" Pole 1st Duke Suffolk
3 De la Pole quarted Chaucer; Alice's son John Pole 2nd Duke Suffolk by her second husband William "Jackanapes" Pole 1st Duke Suffolk
4 Chaucer; Alice's father Thomas Chaucer
5 Montacute and Monthermer quartering impaled Chaucer; Alice's second husband Thomas Montagu 1st Count Perche, 4th Earl Salisbury
6 Roet; Alice's paternal grandmother Philippa Roet
7 Roet impaling Royal Arms of England probably signifying John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster and Katherine Roet Duchess Lancaster, Katherine being the sister of Alice's paternal grandmother Philippa Roet who married Geoffrey Chaucer
8 Roet impaling Chaucer; her paternal grandparents Geoffrey Chaucer and Philippa Roet.
Paternal Family Tree: Chaucer
Father: Geoffrey Chaucer
Mother: Philippa Roet
GrandFather: Giles "Payne" Roet