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Katherine de Roet1
b. October 1350, d. 10 May 1403, #22287
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Father   Payne de Roet2 b. circa 1315, d. 1360
Mother   Catherine d' Hainault3 b. circa 1320, d. after 1375

Note* Book by Anya Seton "Katherine" is about this woman. 
Name Variation Katherine de Roet was also found as Catherine de Roet.4 
Name Variation Katherine de Roet was also found as Katherine de Roet.1 
Birth circa 1350 Katherine was born circa 1350 at Picardy, Somme, France.5 
Birth* October 1350 Katherine was born in October 1350 at what is now France.1 
!AInfoNew* Katherine was not a royal ward or a well dowered novice, but just a child that Queen Phillippa felt a responsibility for, as her father had come to England from Phillippa's homeland of Hainault. 
!AInfoNew 1366 She had Bronze hair. Is that to mean, reddish? And Grey eyes with gold specks, what we would call hazel today.1 
!AInfoNew April 1366 In April of 1366, she was taken from the Priory of Sheppy where she had been sent 5 years earlier by Queen Phillippa for care and education. 
Marriage* 3 April 1366 Katherine de Roet, 15 years old, married Sir Hugh Swynford 3 April 1366 in London, England. Katherine was the third wife of Hugh Swynford.1,6 
Note 7 April 1366 They left immediately for Hugh's manor of an unknown place in Lincolnshire. Katherine rode a fine little pony that Hugh had purchased for her. Still was a long, tiring journey. It rained the last day and the road were a muddy mire. When they finally arrived at an unknown place they found it cold and deserted. The Bailey, Gibbon, who was Hugh's half brother was seriously ill and the place was uncared for. Hugh's step mother, who was daffy, was finally found in the attic where she stayed. Not the best of "home-comings". For poor little Katherine, who was not enchanted with this marriage is was horrible.1 
!AInfoNew* December 1366 Katherine Swynford spent the Christmas Holidays at Bolingbroke castle with Lady Blanche while their husbands were fighting in France and Spain.1 
!AInfoNew In the summer of 1369 terrible floods hit much of what is now England. Kettlethrope was very badly hit, they lost much of their crops and all of their sheep.1 
!AInfoNew* 15 August 1369 After the death of Queen Philippa, on 15 Aug 1369, Katherine's sister, Philippa came to stay at Kettlethorpe.1 
!AInfoNew September 1369 In Late summer the Plague again hit England. Blanche, wife of John of Gaunt, attempted to escape to the castle at Bolingbroke. Katherine Swynford had had the plague as a child and had recovered, which was rare, but as a result was immune.1 
Note 11 September 1369 On 11 September 1369 Katherine set out for Bolingbroke Castle to visit with Blanche. Katherine's sister "Pica" stayed at Kettlethrope to care for Katherine's two young children. Pica hoped that Katherine would take her advice and ask for help or a "pension" from Blanche to assist in the care and upkeep of Kettlethrope and possibly thereby make it possible for Pica to live in a greater state of luxury that would otherwise be possible.1 
(Witness) Death 12 September 1369 (an unknown value)Lady Blance sucummed to the plague 12 Sept 1369. Katherine was in the cortege that wound its way south to London in the early days of November as Pica asked that she not return to Kettlethorpe until all danger of the Black Death had passed.1,7 
HYPER HYPERLINK this file: Sometime soon after the death of Blanche and before Katherine returned to Kettlethorpe, John of Gaunt made a coat of arms for Katherine. GRFX C\Book \pix:\Roet coat of arms x 2 At this time he also transfered the rents from the towns of Waddington and Wellingore to Katherine. This saved the manor of Kettlethorpe from the tax collector. Also he provided that whenever Hugh was absent from home on knight's service one of the Duke's own men would assist in manor supervision. This was in return for her care and concern to the Dutchess Blanche. With the letter that paid the debts of Hugh and Katherine was a letter calling Hugh back to military duty in France with the company of Sir Robert Knolles.1  
Note 14 June 1371 John of Gaunt decided about this time to request the hand of the Queen of Castile in marriage. Also he sent his "man" Nirac back to England to fetch Lady Swynford. In his words: 'It is proper that my royal duchess should be provided with English ladies here to attend on our marriage.1
!AInfoNew* summer of 1371 During the summer of 1371 Hugh was injured at least twice and was finally bedridden with a severe leg wound. He was brought to Bordeaux with his disbanded company of knights.1 
!AInfoNew 6 August 1371 On 6 August 1371 aboard the an unknown place , Katherine left from Plymouth, England bound for Bordeaux, France. En Route they encountered severe weather, very severe weather. The captain asked them all to pray and make vows to save the ship. And they did. Katherine's vow was that she would be a true wife to the father of her children, in thought and in deed. The storm abated and four days later on the 14th of August they made port in Bordeaux. Princess Isabella, sister of John on Gaunt was on this packet also.1 
Note 14 August 1371 On 14 August 1371 they arrived in Bordeaux.1 
!AInfoNew* In August of 1371, Hugh Swynfort died possibly of the "Bloody Flux" or by poison administered by a Garçon attached to the Duke of Lancaster without the knowledge of either Katherine or John, if the assumptions of Anya Seton are correct. Katherine was now a widow. Very soon Katherine and John of Gaunt began a protracted love affair. John married the Queen of Castile and Katherine was engaged as a governess to the children of Blanche and returned to England to that job.1 
!AInfoNew 15 September 1371 On 15 September 1371 Katherine left for England to be Governess to Philippa and Elizabeth. She would be allowed to have her own two children with her at Savoy and also her sister "Pica".1 
!AInfoNew February 1377 From the time that Katherine returned to England she lived at the Savoy in London or at one of the Lancasters castle's. In February of 1377 she was called, along with John of Gaunt's daughter, Philippa to Savoy to enter into discussions regarding a possible marriage for Philippa. While there, John of Gaunt ignored her. He was in a Black Mood due to the placards that were being distributed regarding his parentage. Princess Joan, widow of Edmund and mother of the future King, called Katherine to Kennington palace to try and disuade John from going on a rampage with a small army, dragging the writer of the placards out of sancuary and starting a civil war.1 
!AInfoNew between 1381 and 1387 between 1381 and 1387 lived at Kettlethrope and Pottergate house inside the catherdral close. She had lots of difficulties running the estate by herself. The townspeople did not approve of her former lifestyle, even tho' she did free many of her serfs and managed to run the manor better than it had been run before. Her sister Pica and old friend Hawise lived with her and did all of the younger children. Pica was very ill with cancer.1 
(Witness) !AInfoNew May 1381 Sir Ralph Hastings was a widower with no children in 1380. He had become enamored of Blanchette and had asked Katherine for her hand. But Blanchette was NOT interested. She was to be bethrothed to Ralph, against her wishes in May 1381. At the cememony she became ill and delirious. She had Scarlet Fever. Duke John and the younger children left for Kenilworth, while Katherine stayed with Blachette at Savoy with only a skeleton staff to take care of the castle.1 
!AInfoNew 13 June 1381 Katherine was taken out of the castle by some of the rebels. She was found by one of her vassels, a man named Cob, who was with the rebels. She had helped many years before. He took her to the family of her lady in waiting, Hawse, in Billinsgate. She stayed with that family until she chose to make a pilgimage to Walsingham.1 
!AInfoNew* 13 June 1381 The Peasant Army reached London and Savoy. With not staff to protect them and the king and his entourage in the Tower of London they were at the mercy of the rioters. Brother William, the Friar that had been with duke John in Bordeaux, had heard the death bed confession of Nirac, the Garçon of John's was fatally injured. Before he died he told Katherine what Nirac had confessed. And of course, Blanchette heard this also.1 
!AInfoNew 20 June 1381 On the 20 of June in 1381, Katherine left on her pilgrimage to Walsingham, on foot. Before she left she entrusted her brother-in-law, Geoffrey Chaucer with a letter and a message to John, Duke of Lancaster. Geoffrey found the Duke at Newcastle on his return from the Scottish border after a run-in with Percy. The letter told John why she was going to never see him again. The Duke did not receive this message with pleasure. He felt that she had lied and deceived him, as he felt that his foster mother had, many years before. Geoffrey also told the Duke that Savoy was in ruins, but he was not as upset about that as he was about losing Katherine.1 
!AInfoNew While she was housed at the pilgrim hostel of Waltham Abbeywith many other pilgrims, King Richard came to ruthlessly grabbed the men and bound them, foot and hand. Katherine, recognized one of these as Cob, her vassel from Kettlethorpe. She was able to talk King Richard into releasing Cob to her and NOT identifying who she was. And then she set him free.1 
Note After several weeks she reached the shrine of Walsingham. She had walked the whole way barefooted and with little food. She visited the shrine and donated the ring that the Duke had given her many years ago and the last of her pennies. But there was no miracle. She heard the London Pilgrims talking of John od Gaunt having sent her to France! She met Father Clement, who gave her food, and strength and talked her into going to a nearby Abby, to speak with a Lady Julian, the achoress of Norwich. After several weeks of recouperation of body and soul she left on Father Clements mule for Kettlethorpe.1 
!AInfoNew October 1381 The reeve at her manor of Coleby did not know her and would not let her in so she had to journey on to Kettlethorpe in a cold October rain. She stopped on the way at the Sutton's home in Lincoln to have Robert Sutton draw up a letter to the Duke asking that her Beaufort children be allowed to come and live with her at Kettlethorpe. Then we went home.1 
!AInfoNew 26 March 1387 On 26 March 1387 King Richard and his Queen Anne came to Lincoln and requested that Lady Swynford attend them. The Duke and his Duchess were in Savoy with the older girls and their daughter. She was asked by Robert Sutton to be his wife. At first she said yes. After the afternoon reception for the King and Queen she ran into Michael de la Pole, a close friend of the Duke. She invited him to her home for a meal. He told her that the Duke had built a Chapel to Saint Catherine near Knaresborough in fulfillment of a vow he made to her for Katherine's safety thru' the revolt. He also told her of the marriages of Philippa and Elizabeth. After having talked with Michael, Lord of Suffolk, she told Robert Sutton, that she could not marry him. And she did not go to the King's banquet.1 
Marriage* 13 January 1396 Katherine de Roet, 45 years old, married John of Gaunt Plantagenet, who was 55 years old, , son of Edward III , King of England and Philippa of Hainault, 13 January 1396 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. With this marriage the Duke had a decree from King Richard that their children would be legitimatized.1 
(Witness) !AInfoNew Blanchette had became a nun at the priory of Pinley after the seige at Savoy palace. After her mother's marriage to John, Duke of Lancaster, she came with the Prioress of Pinley to visit her very surprised and happy mother at Kenliworth Castle. She was deaf as a result of the Scarlet fever. She had decided to become an anchoress. Blanchette and her mother met one more time when Katherine came back from France and before Blanchette's final enclosure.1 
!AInfoNew 1397 All of her issue legitimated by charter of Richard II in 1397.6 
!AInfoNew 3 February 1399 After John's death, Katherine returned to Lincolnshire, where she lived quietly for four years.1 
Death* 10 May 1403 Katherine died on 10 May 1403 in Lincolnshire at age 52.1 
Burial* Katherine de Roet was buried by the an unknown place . Her son Harry Beaufort, later Cardinal and chancellor, was the bishop at Lincolnshire. Katherine's tomb is there as is her daughter Joan's.1 
HYPER* HYPERLINK this file: Pix/Txt\D:\Books\ pix/two versions. :BOLD.  

Family 1   Sir Hugh Swynford b. circa 1336, d. circa 20 August 1371
Children  1. Blanchette Swynford b. 30 Apr 13671
  2. Thomas Swynford+ b. 1368, d. 14321

Family 2   John of Gaunt Plantagenet b. March 1340, d. 3 February 1399
Children  1. Sir John Beaufort Earl of Somerset+ b. c May 1371, d. 14092
  2. Henry Beaufort Cardinal Beaufort+ b. 1375, d. 11 Apr 14471
  3. Thomas Beaufort Duke of Exeter b. 1377, d. 14271
  4. Joan Beaufort+ b. 1379, d. 13 Nov 14401

  1. [S10161] Anya Seton, Katherine.
  2. [S9603] Unknown author, Burke.
  3. Download, Jim Weber
  4. Download, Jim Weber
  5. Joan de Beaufort, online unknown Seahawk site.
  6. Download, Gedex, Royal Genealogies part 28.
  7. [S10206] "No hard copy. Information directly entered and noted from GedIndex at GeneStarks' site. If contributors are know they are indicated. Any sources cited are also indicated.", Albert E Myers

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