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Burial  Lewes Priory, Sussex
House  Plantagenet

Mother  Maud Chaworth
Name  Eleanor Lancaster
Eleanor of Lancaster
Born  11 September 1318 (1318-09-11)
Issue  Henry Beaumont, 3rd Baron Beaumont Matilda de Courtenay Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel John FitzAlan, 1st Baron Arundel Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury Joan Fitzalan, Countess of Hereford Alice Fitzalan, Countess of Kent Mary Fitzalan, Lady Strange of Blackmere Eleanor Fitzalan
Father  Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster
Died  January 11, 1372, Arundel, United Kingdom
Children  Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel
Spouse  Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel (m. 1344), John de Beaumont, 2nd Lord Beaumont (m. 1330–1340)
Parents  Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, Maud Chaworth
Siblings  Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster
Similar People  Edmund Crouchback, Blanche of Artois, Eleanor de Bohun, Mary de Bohun, Thomas - 2nd Earl of Lancaster

Eleanor of Lancaster, Countess of Arundel (sometimes called Eleanor Plantagenet; 11 September 1318 – 11 January 1372) was the fifth daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Maud Chaworth.


First marriage and issue

Eleanor married first on 6 November 1330 John de Beaumont, 2nd Baron Beaumont (d. 1342), son of Henry Beaumont, 4th Earl of Buchan, 1st Baron Beaumont (c.1288-1340) by his wife Alice Comyn (1289-3 July 1349). He died in a tournament on 14 April 1342. They had one son, born to Eleanor in Ghent whilst serving as lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa of Hainault:

  • Henry Beaumont, 3rd Baron Beaumont, (4 April 1340 – 25 July 1369), the first husband of Lady Margaret de Vere (d. 15 June 1398), the daughter of John de Vere, 7th Earl of Oxford by his wife Maud de Badlesmere. Henry and Margaret had one son, John Beaumont, 4th Baron Beaumont KG (1361-1396).
  • Second marriage

    On 5 February 1344 at Ditton Church, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, she married Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel.

    His previous marriage, to Isabel le Despenser, had taken place when they were children. It was annulled by Papal mandate as she, since her father's attainder and execution, had ceased to be of any importance to him. Pope Clement VI obligingly annulled the marriage, bastardized the issue, and provided a dispensation for his second marriage to the woman with whom he had been living in adultery (the dispensation, dated 4 March 1344/1345, was required because his first and second wives were first cousins).

    The children of Eleanor's second marriage were:

    1. Richard (1346–1397), who succeeded as Earl of Arundel
    2. John Fitzalan (bef 1349 - 1379)
    3. Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury (c. 1353 - 19 February 1413)
    4. Lady Joan FitzAlan (1347/1348 - 7 April 1419), married Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford
    5. Lady Alice FitzAlan (1350 - 17 March 1416), married Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent (Thomas Holand)
    6. Lady Mary FitzAlan (died 29 August 1396), married John Le Strange, 4th Lord Strange of Blackmere, by whom she had issue
    7. Lady Eleanor FitzAlan (1356 - before 1366)

    Later life

    Eleanor died at Arundel and was buried at Lewes Priory in Lewes, Sussex, England. Her husband survived her by four years, and was buried beside her; in his will Richard requests to be buried "near to the tomb of Eleanor de Lancaster, my wife; and I desire that my tomb be no higher than hers, that no men at arms, horses, hearse, or other pomp, be used at my funeral, but only five was about the corpse of my wife, be allowed."

    The memorial effigies attributed to Eleanor and her husband Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel in Chichester Cathedral are the subject of the celebrated Philip Larkin poem "An Arundel Tomb."


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