Biography of Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419

1403 Battle of Shrewsbury

1415 Battle of Agincourt

1415 Siege of Harfleur

Before 01 Mar 1350 [her father] Hugh Stafford 2nd Earl Stafford 1336-1386 and [her mother] Philippa Beauchamp Countess Stafford 1334- were married. He a 2 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

On 31 Aug 1372 Ralph Stafford 1st Earl Stafford 1301-1372 (70) died. His son [her father] Hugh Stafford 2nd Earl Stafford 1336-1386 (36) succeeded 2nd Earl Stafford 1C 1351, 3rd Baron Stafford 1C 1299. [her mother] Philippa Beauchamp Countess Stafford 1334- by marriage Earl Stafford 1C 1351.

Around 1376 Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 was born to [her father] Hugh Stafford 2nd Earl Stafford 1336-1386 (40) and [her mother] Philippa Beauchamp Countess Stafford 1334-. She a 3 x Great Grand Daughter of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

On 16 Oct 1386 [her father] Hugh Stafford 2nd Earl Stafford 1336-1386 (50) died returning from his Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. His son [her brother] Thomas Stafford 3rd Earl Stafford 1368-1392 (18) succeeded 3rd Earl Stafford 1C 1351, 4th Baron Stafford 1C 1299.

On 05 Sep 1389 Michael Pole 1st Earl Suffolk 1330-1389 (59) died in Paris. His son [her future husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 (28) succeeded 2nd Earl Suffolk 3C 1385.

Around 1390 [her brother] Thomas Stafford 3rd Earl Stafford 1368-1392 (22) and Anne of Gloucester Plantagenet Count Eu Countess Stafford 1383-1438 (7) were married (he was her third cousin once removed). Anne of Gloucester Plantagenet Count Eu Countess Stafford 1383-1438 (7) by marriage Earl Stafford 1C 1351. He a 3 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England. She a Grand Daughter of King Edward III England. She a 2 x Great Grand Daughter of Philip "Fair" IV King France.

Around 1390 [her daughter] Elizabeth Pole 1390-1440 was born to [her future husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 (29) and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 (14). She a 4 x Great Grand Daughter of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

On 04 Jul 1392 [her brother] Thomas Stafford 3rd Earl Stafford 1368-1392 (24) died at Westminster. His brother [her brother] William Stafford 4th Earl Stafford 1375-1395 (16) succeeded  Earl Stafford 1C 1351, 5th Baron Stafford 1C 1299.

Before 20 Oct 1392 Thomas Holland 1st Duke Surrey 1374-1400 and [her sister] Joan Stafford Countess Kent 1378-1442 were married (he was her third cousin once removed). He a 2 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England and 3 x Great Grand Son of Philip "Bold" III King France. She a 3 x Great Grand Daughter of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

Before 1394 Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 were married. Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 by marriage Earl Suffolk 3C 1385. She a 3 x Great Grand Daughter of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

In 1394 [her son] Michael Pole 3rd Earl Suffolk 1394-1415 was born to [her husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 (33) and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 (18). He a 4 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

On 06 Apr 1395 [her brother] William Stafford 4th Earl Stafford 1375-1395 (19) died at Pleshy Castle. He was buried at Tonbridge. His brother [her brother] Edmund Stafford 5th Earl Stafford 1378-1403 (17) succeeded 5th Earl Stafford 1C 1351, 6th Baron Stafford 1C 1299.

On 16 Oct 1396 [her son] William "Jackanapes" Pole 1st Duke Suffolk 1396-1450 was born to [her husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 (35) and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 (20) at Cotton. He a 4 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

After 1397 [her son] Thomas Pole 1397-1433 was born to [her husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419. He a 4 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

On 28 Jun 1398 [her brother] Edmund Stafford 5th Earl Stafford 1378-1403 (20) and Anne of Gloucester Plantagenet Count Eu Countess Stafford 1383-1438 (15) were married (he was her third cousin once removed). She (15) by marriage Earl Stafford 1C 1351. He a 3 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England. She a Grand Daughter of King Edward III England. She a 2 x Great Grand Daughter of Philip "Fair" IV King France.

Battle of Shrewsbury

On 21 Jul 1403 Henry IV King England 1367-1413 (36), with his son the future Henry V King England 1386-1422 (16), defeated the rebel army of Henry "Hotspur" Percy 1364-1403 (39) at the Battle of Shrewsbury at the site now known as Battlefield Shrewsbury. Henry V King England 1386-1422 (16) took an arrow to the side of his face leaving him severely scarred. John Stanley 1350-1414 (53) was wounded in the throat. Thomas Strickland 1367-1455 (36) fought and was awarded £38 and two of the rebel Henry's horses. Richard Beauchamp 13th Earl Warwick 1382-1439 (21) fought for the King. Walter Blount 1348-1403 (55), the King's Standard Bearer, was killed by Archibald Douglas 1st Duke Touraine 1372-1424.
Thomas Wendesley 1344-1403 (59) and Edmund Cockayne 1356-1403 were killed.
[her brother] Edmund Stafford 5th Earl Stafford 1378-1403 (25) was killed. His son [her nephew] Humphrey Stafford 1st Duke of Buckingham 1402-1460 succeeded 6th Earl Stafford 1C 1351, 7th Baron Stafford 1C 1299.
Hugh Shirley 1351-1403 (52) was killed; he was one of four knights dressed as Henry IV King England 1367-1413 (36).
Of the rebels, Henry "Hotspur" Percy 1364-1403 (39), Madog Kynaston 1360-1403 and John Clifton -1403 were killed. Thomas Percy 1st Earl Worcester 1343-1403 (60) was beheaded after the battle. Richard Vernon 1355-1403 (48) was hanged.
John Rossall -1403 was killed. His sister Eleanor Rossall 1377-1432 (26) inherited a half-share in the Rossall Shrewsbury estates.

Before 06 May 1410 [her son] Michael Pole 3rd Earl Suffolk 1394-1415 and Elizabeth Mowbray Countess Suffolk 1394-1423 were married. He a 4 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England. She a 3 x Great Grand Daughter of Edward "Longshanks" I King England. She a 4 x Great Grand Daughter of Philip "Bold" III King France.

In 1415 Edmund Mortimer 5th Earl March 7th Earl Ulster 1391-1425 (23) and [her niece] Anne Stafford Duchess Exeter -1432 were married (he was her second cousin once removed). [her niece] Anne Stafford Duchess Exeter -1432 by marriage Earl March 1C 1328, Earl Ulster. He a 2 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III England and 4 x Great Grand Son of Philip "Bold" III King France. She a Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III England. She a 3 x Great Grand Daughter of Philip "Fair" IV King France.

Siege of Harfleur

On 17 Sep 1415 [her husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 (54) died of dysentery. His son Michael Pole 3rd Earl Suffolk 1394-1415 (21) succeeded 3rd Earl Suffolk 3C 1385. Elizabeth Mowbray Countess Suffolk 1394-1423 (21) by marriage Earl Suffolk 3C 1385.

Battle of Agincourt

On 25 Oct 1415 Henry V King England 1386-1422 (29) defeated the French army at the Battle of Agincourt. Henry V King England 1386-1422 (29) commanded the Main Battle. Thomas Camoys 1st Baron Camoys 1351-1421 (64) commanded the Rearguard.
Richard Vere 11th Earl Oxford 1385-1417 (30) commanded. Humphrey Lancaster 1st Duke Gloucester 1390-1447 (25) was wounded, and was protected by his brother Henry V King England 1386-1422 (29).
Edward York 1st Duke Albemarle aka Aumale 2nd Duke York 1373-1415 (42), commander of the Vanguard, was killed; the most senior English casualty. Duke Albemarle aka Aumale 2C 1397 extinct.
John Fortescue 1380-1415 (35), Dafydd Gam Brecon 1380-1415 and Edward Burnell -1415, were killed.
[her son] Michael Pole 3rd Earl Suffolk 1394-1415 (21) was killed. His brother William "Jackanapes" Pole 1st Duke Suffolk 1396-1450 (19) succeeded 4th Earl Suffolk 3C 1385.
The English included: Louis Robbessart 1390-1430 (25), Richard Beauchamp 13th Earl Warwick 1382-1439 (33), William Botreaux 3rd Baron Botreaux 1389-1462 (26), William Bourchier 1st Count Eu 1374-1420 (41), John Cornwall 1st Baron Fanhope 1st Baron Milbroke 1364-1443 (51), Edward Courtenay 1385-1418 (30), Ralph Cromwell 3rd Baron Cromwell 1403-1456 (12), Thomas Dutton 1396-1431 (19), Edmund Ferrers 6th Baron Ferrers Chartley 1386-1435 (29), Roger Fiennes 1384-1449 (31), Henry Fitzhugh 3rd Baron Fitzhugh 1358-1425 (57), John Grey 1387-1439 (28), John Grey 1st Earl Tankerville 1384-1421 (31), William Harrington 1373-1440 (42) as the King's Standard Bearer, Walter Hungerford 1st Baron Hungerford 1378-1449 (37), Piers Legh 1389-1422 (wounded), Alfred Longford, Thomas Montagu 1st Count Perche 4th Earl Salisbury 1388-1428 (27), Thomas Morley 6th Baron Marshal 5th Baron Morley 1393-1435 (22), John Rodney -1417, Richard Scrope 3rd Baron Scrope Bolton 1393-1420 (22), Robert Strelley 1397-1430 (18), James Tuchet 5th Baron Audley Heighley 1398-1459 (17), Robert Umfraville 1363-1437 (52), Thomas West 2nd Baron West 1380-1416 (35), Robert Willoughby 6th Baron Willoughby Eresby 1385-1452 (30). Thomas Erpingham 1355-1428 (60) commanded the archers. Thomas Rempston 1389-1458 (26) was present. Thomas Strickland 1367-1455 (48) carried the Banner of St George.
The Welsh included: William ap Thomas "Blue Knight of Gwent" Herbert 1380-1445 (35), Walter Sais, Roger Vaughan and his son Roger Vaughan -1471. Owen Tudor 1400-1461 (15) is believed to have been present as a squire.
The French army suffered significant casualties. Charles Albret 1368-1415 (46), , Philip Valois Burgundy II Count Nevers 1389-1415, John Bar 1380-1415, Jacques Chatillon 1367-1415, David Rambures 1364-1415 and his three sons: Jean Rambures -1415, Hugues Rambures -1415 and Philippe Rambures -1415, Waleran Luxemburg 1355-1415 were killed.
Charles Valois Duke Orléans 1394-1465 (20) was captured by Richard Waller 1395-1462 (20) for which he was knighted on the battlefield by Henry V King England 1386-1422 (29).
John Bourbon I Duke Bourbon 1381-1434 (34) and Charles Artois Count Eu 1394-1472 (21) were captured.
Robert Bar Count Soissons Count Marle 1390-1415 was killed. Jeanne Bar Countess Soissons 1415-1462 succeeded Count Soissons 1367.
Thomas Tunstall 1358-1415 (57) was killed.
Edward Bar III Duke Bar 1377-1415 (38) was killed. His brother Cardinal Louis Bar 1377-1430 (38) succeeded I Duke Bar.
John Valois Alençon I Duke Alençon -1415 was killed. His son Jean Valois Alençon II Duke Alençon 1409-1476 (6) succeeded II Duke Alençon.
Frederick Metz I Count Vaudémont 1368-1415 (47) was killed. His son Antoine Metz Count Vaudémont 1400-1458 (15) succeeded Count Vaudémont.
Anthony Valois Burgundy Duke Brabant 1384-1415 (31) was killed. His son John Valois Burgundy IV Duke Brabant 1403-1427 (12) succeeded IV Duke Brabant. Jacqueline Wittelsbach Duchess Brabant 1401-1436 (14) by marriage Duke Brabant.

After 1419. Monument to [her former husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 in St Andrew's Church Wingfield. Early Plate Bascinet Period.

On 08 Apr 1419 Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419 (43) died.

On 20 May 1475 Alice Chaucer Duchess Suffolk 1404-1475 (71) died. She was buried at St Mary's Church Ewelme. Wrist Garter. 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.  Chest with Angels with Rounded Wings holding Shields.
Detail of the South Side of the Monument to Alice Chaucer Duchess Suffolk 1404-1475 (71). From left to right ...
1 Roet Arms impaled Chaucer Modern Arms. Alice's paternal grandparents.
2 De La Pole Arms impaled Stafford Arms. Her third husbands parents [her former husband] Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419.
3 Montacute and Monthermer Arms impaled Francis? Possibly Alice's second husband's parents John Montagu 3rd Earl Salisbury 1350-1400 and Maud Francis Countess Salisbury 1364-1424.
4 De La Pole Arms quartered Chaucer Modern Arms.
5 Roet Arms impaled Chaucer Modern Arms.
6 Chaucer Modern Arms.
7 De La Pole Arms.
8 De La Pole Arms impaled England Henry IV Arms signifying Alice's son John's (32) marriage to Elizabeth of York (31) sister of Edward IV King England 1442-1483 (33).
Detail of the North Side of the monument to Alice Chaucer Duchess Suffolk 1404-1475 (71). Arms from left to right ...
1 De La Pole Arms quartered Chaucer Modern Arms impaled Unknown.
2 De La Pole Arms. Her third husband [her son] William "Jackanapes" Pole 1st Duke Suffolk 1396-1450.
3 De La Pole Arms quarted Chaucer Modern Arms. Alice's son John Pole 2nd Duke Suffolk 1442-1492 (32) by her second husband [her son] William "Jackanapes" Pole 1st Duke Suffolk 1396-1450.
4 Chaucer Arms. Alice's father Thomas Chaucer 1367-1434.
5 Montacute and Monthermer Arms quartering impaled Chaucer. Alice's second husband Thomas Montagu 1st Count Perche 4th Earl Salisbury 1388-1428.
6 Roet Arms. Alice's paternal grandmother Philippa Roet 1346-1387.
7 Roet Arms impaling England Henry IV Arms probably signifying John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster 1340-1399 and Katherine Roet Duchess Lancaster 1350-1403, Katherine being the sister of Alice's paternal grandmother Philippa Roet 1346-1387 who married Geoffrey Chaucer Poet Author 1343-1400.
8 Roet Arms impaling Chaucer Modern Arms. Her paternal grandparents Geoffrey Chaucer Poet Author 1343-1400 and Philippa Roet 1346-1387.

[her son] Katherine Pole Abbot Barking -1473 was born to Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419. He a 4 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

[her daughter] Isabel Pole Baroness Marshal Baroness Morley -1466 was born to Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419. She a 4 x Great Grand Daughter of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

[her son] John Pole was born to Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419. He a 4 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.

[her son] Alexander Pole -1429 was born to Michael Pole 2nd Earl Suffolk 1361-1415 and Katherine Stafford Countess Suffolk 1376-1419. He a 4 x Great Grand Son of Edward "Longshanks" I King England.