John of Gaunt 1340 – 1399

John of Gaunt


Father – Edward III
Mother – Philippa of Hainault
Spouse – Blanche of Lancaster, Constanza of Castile, Katherine Swynford
Children –  by Blanche of Lancaster – Philippa, John, Elizabeth, Edward, Henry Bolingbroke, Isabella; by Constanza of Castile – Catherine; by Katherine Swynford – John, Henry, Thomas, Joan



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The Black Death 1346 – 1353

Black DeathThis timeline is a chronology of the spread of the Black Death that reached Europe in the mid 14th century killing around 50 million people – possibly as many as two thirds of the population.

It was originally thought that the disease was spread by black rats, but due to the rate of spread and the lack of evidence of large numbers of rat corpses (Bubonic plague kills rats), it is now thought that the bacillus that caused the disease was airborne; spread by the victims themselves.

See also: The Great Plague of London 1665 and Outbreaks of Plague 430 BCE to Present Day

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King Richard II of England 1367 – 1400


Richard II

Father – Edward the Black Prince
Mother – Joan of Kent
Spouse – Anne of Bohemia, Isabella of Valois
Children – No children
King of England – 1377 – 1399
Predecessor – Edward III
Successor – Henry IV


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