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Constance of York, Countess of Gloucester

Also Known As: "Constance Plantagenet", "Constance Langley le Despenser Constance of York", "Countess of Gloucester"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cornisburgh Castle, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Reading Abbey, Berkshire, England
Place of Burial: High Altar of Reading Abbey
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York and Isabella of Castile, Duchess consort of York
Wife of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester
Partner of Edmund de Holland
Mother of Eleanor Tuchet (de Holland), Baroness Audley; Sir Richard le Despenser; Lord Edward Gloucester; Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester; Elizabeth le Despencer and 1 other
Sister of Edward of Norwich, 2nd Duke of York and Richard of Conisburgh, 3rd Earl of Cambridge

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About Constance of York, Countess of Gloucester

"Constance of York, Countess of Gloucester (c. 1374 – 28 November 1416) was the only daughter of Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York and his wife Isabella of Castile, daughter of King Peter of Castile and his favourite mistress, Maria de Padilla."

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[S39] Medieval, royalty, nobility family group sheets (filmed 1996), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. Medieval Family History Unit, (Manuscript. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996), FHL film 1553977-1553985..

[S54] #21 The complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant, Cokayne, George Edward, (Gloucester [England] : Alan Sutton Pub. Ltd., 1987), 942 D22cok., vol. 3 p. 418.

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-------------------- Constance of York, Countess of Gloucester (c. 1374 – 28 November 1416) was the only daughter of Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York and his wife Isabella of Castile, daughter of King Peter of Castile and his favourite mistress, Maria de Padilla.

Contents

 [hide] 1 Family

2 Plots against Henry IV 3 Marriage and issue 4 Shakespeare and Constance of York 5 Ancestry 6 Footnotes 7 References 8 Further reading

Family[edit]

Constance was born about 1374, the only daughter of Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, and his wife, Isabella of Castile, the youngest daughter of King Peter of Castile and his favourite mistress, Maria de Padilla.

Plots against Henry IV[edit]

Shortly before 7 November 1379, Constance married Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester (22 September 1373 – 16 January 1400), eldest but third surviving son of Edward le Despenser and Elizabeth Burghersh. Despenser was created Earl of Gloucester by King Richard II on 29 September 1397, but after Richard's deposition and the accession of King Henry IV some of his lands were seized and he was degraded from the earldom. In consequence in late December 1399 he and others joined in a plot, known as the Epiphany Rising, to assassinate King Henry and restore King Richard to the throne. According to a French chronicle the plot was betrayed to the King by Constance's brother, Edward; however contemporary English chronicles make no mention of Edward's alleged role. Gloucester escaped immediate capture, but was eventually turned in to the authorities at Bristol, where he was beheaded on 16 January 1400.[1]

After her husband's death, Constance was granted a life interest in the greater part of his lands and custody of her son.[2]

In February 1405, during the rebellion of Owain Glyndŵr, Constance herself instigated a plot to abduct the young Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, and his brother, Roger Mortimer, from Windsor Castle, apparently intending to deliver the young Earl, who had the best claim to the throne of any of Henry IV's rivals, to his uncle Sir Edmund Mortimer, who was married to Glyndwr's daughter. The young Edmund Mortimer and his brother were recaptured before entering Wales. Constance implicated her elder brother, Edward, in the plot, as a result of which he was imprisoned for 17 weeks at Pevensey Castle, but was eventually restored to Henry IV's favour.

When Constance died in 1416, she was buried at the High altar in Reading Abbey.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Shortly before 7 November 1379 Constance married Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester (22 September 1373 – 16 January 1400), third but first surviving son of Edward le Despenser and Elizabeth Burghersh, by whom she had a son and two daughters:[3] Richard le Despenser, 4th Baron Burghersh (1396 – 1414). He married Lady Eleanor Neville (c. 1397 - 1472), daughter of Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland (d.1425) and Joan Beaufort (d.1440), daughter of John of Gaunt by Katherine Swynford. He died young without issue. Elizabeth (died young c. 1398) Isabel, born after her father's execution. She married, firstly, Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Worcester (d. 1421/2). A daughter, Elizabeth, Lady Abergavenny (b.1415) was the sole product of this union. Following Worcester's death, she married Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick. They were parents to Henry de Beauchamp, 1st Duke of Warwick and Anne de Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick.

After her husband's death, Constance was either betrothed to or lived as the mistress of Edmund Holland, 4th Earl of Kent (1382-1408), by whom she had an illegitimate daughter, Eleanor Holland (died c. 1459), who married James Tuchet, 5th Baron Audley.

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Constance of York, Countess of Gloucester's Timeline

1374
1374
Cornisburgh Castle, Yorkshire, England
1374
Langley, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
1379
November 7, 1379
Age 5
1396
November 30, 1396
Age 22
Elmley, Worcestershire, England
1397
1397
Age 23
England
1400
July 26, 1400
Age 26
Elmley,Worcestershier,,England
1400
Age 26
Bristol, Gloucestershire, , England
1406
October 1406
Age 32
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
1407
January 24, 1407
Age 33
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, , England
1416
November 28, 1416
Age 42
Reading Abbey, Berkshire, England