TUDOR ROSE-- Catherine DeRoet Swynford (21gm); mistress and eventual 3rd wife of John of Gaunt (son of Edward III); Duchess of Lancaster and ancestress of the Tudor line via their children, the Beauforts
Tombs of Katherine Swynford and her daughter Joan Beaufort. The three preceding houses of English sovereigns from the Houses of Lancaster, York and Tudor, were descended from John of Gaunt through, Henry Bolingbroke, Joan Beaufort and John Beaufort.
John of Gaunt, Knight of the Order of the Garter - his armor stood 6'9" tall. His wife was Catherine Swynford Princess and Duchess of Lancaster Roet. Catherine's sister Philippa was married to Geoffrey Chaucer (Canterbury Tales)
Richard II: "This Sceptered Isle" speech 0:00 - An Age of Kings, 1960, Edgar Wreford 2:01 - BBC Shakespeare, 1978, John Gielgud 3:58 - Shakespeare's Globe, 2003, John McEnery 5:35 - The Hollow Crown, 2012, Patrick Stewart