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Elizabeth De CLARE



   General Notes:

The Political History of England 1216-1377, Vol III, T F Tout, AMS Press,1905, p279: "...[1321] Both the Despensers desired to be earls, and the younger Hugh wished that the Gloucester earldom should be revived in his favour. Assured of the good-will of the king, both had to contend against the jealousy of the baronage and the exclusiveness of the existing earls. The younger Hugh had also to reckon with his two brothers-in-law, with whom he had divided the Clare estates. These were Hugh of Audley, who had married Margaret the widow of Gaveston, and Rogerof Amory, the husband of Elizabeth, the youngest of the Clare sisters. There had been difficulty enough in effecting the partition of The Gloucester inheritance among the three coheiresses. In 1317 the division was made, and Despenser had become lord of Glamorgan, which politically and strategically was most important of all the Gloucester lands. Yet even then, Despenser was not satisfied with his position..."

The Later Middle Ages 1272-1485, George Holmes, 1962, The Norton Historyof England, p113: "...[Lancaster] was supplanted in 1318 by a group of men who had acquired the King's confidence since 1314, the Earls of Pembroke and Hereford and the knights, Bartholomew de Badlesmere, Roger d'Armory, Hugh d'Audley, and HughDespenser the younger. These men have been called the `Middle Party', and the phrase is just in so far as it emphasizes that they aimed neither at the rule of a single, all-powerful courtier, like Gaveston, nor at destroying the King's independence from outside, like Lancaster..."

   Marriage Information:

Roger married Elizabeth De CLARE, daughter of Earl Gilbert De Clare GLOUCESTER and Duchess Joan Acre GLOUCESTER. (Elizabeth De CLARE was born on 16 Sep 1295 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England, christened in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England and died on 4 Nov 1360 in Alton, Wiltshire, England.)

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