Sir John Lewknor, of Goring

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John Lewknor, Knight

Birthplace: West Dean, West Sussex, England
Death: Died in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Cause of death: killed in the Battle of Tewkesbury, War of the Roses
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Roger de Lewknor, of Horsted Keynes and Elizabeth de Carew
Husband of Johanna 'Joan' Halsham
Father of Sybil Scott, Heiress of the Barony of Bircholt
Brother of Sir Thomas de Lewknor, of Horsted Keynes and Eleanor de Lewknor
Half brother of Sir Thomas de Lewknor, of Horsted Keynes and Agnes or Ann Myle

Occupation: Member of Parliament for Horsham
Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About Sir John Lewknor, of Goring

Driven to rebellion?

Sir John Lewknor, dynastic loyalty and debt

by Malcolm Mercer

The events leading up to the death of Sir John Lewknor, fighting for the Lancastrians at the battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, are examined in detail. Two reasons are suggested for Lewknor's support: firstly, as a result of previous service ties to Henry VI and the royal affinity; secondly, as a consequence of increasingly desperate personal circumstances. Until the triumph in 1461 of the first Yorkist king, Edward IV, Lewknor had been building a successful career as a royal servant. His world then fell apart. Increasingly beset by financial difficulties as the decade wore on, his lands the subject of litigation, and unable to find even a modest role in Sussex affairs, Lewknor became steadily alienated from a regime which offered him no future. The crisis of the Yorkist monarchy at the end of the 1460s presented a way out of his problems. When Lancastrian rule was restored in 1470, Lewknor had an opportunity to rebuild his fortunes and re-establish a career in royal service. In the event, however, the regime crumbled and Lewknor, with little to lose, died fighting for the Lancastrians.

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Sir John Lewknor, of Goring's Timeline

West Dean, West Sussex, England
Age 68
Goring-by-sea, West Sussex, England
May 4, 1471
Age 76
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England