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John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford can count many of Europe’s royal persons among their descendants, as well as some American presidents. John and Kate are also my 18th great-grandparents (though I’m not royal or at all famous). Still, I wanted to take the time and write about them and some of their royal descendants because a little of their blood runs through my veins, so I suppose I owe them that much. To simplify things, I thought I'd write a hub per generation. This is a hub about the...

John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford can count many of Europe’s royal persons among their descendants, as well as some American presidents. John and Kate are also my 18th great-grandparents (though I’m not royal or at all famous). Still, I wanted to take the time and write about them and some of their royal descendants because a little of their blood runs through my veins, so I suppose I owe them that much. To simplify things, I thought I'd write a hub per generation. This is a hub about…

John O'Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster  upper part of window in the Lancaster Museum, by Shrigley & Hunt 1950, in celebration of the firm's bicentenary. Note Lancaster Castle in the window.

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John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster | biography - English prince | Britannica.com

John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, English prince, fourth but third surviving son of the English king Edward III and Philippa of Hainaut; he exercised a moderating influence in the political and constitutional struggles of the reign of his nephew Richard II. Learn more about his life.

John of Gaunt is a prominent name when it comes to the monarchy.  He was the father of Henry IV, his only legitimate child to get to the throne. He also had a number of illegitimate children. One of the illegitimate children was John Beaufort, the grandfather of Margaret Beaufort and great-grandfather of Henry VII of England.

On September 30, 1399, Henry IV was officially named King of England. He deposed his cousin, Richard II, and set up the events of the War of the Roses.

John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, (1804). A prominent and powerful political figure in late 14th century England, John of Gaunt (1340-1399) was the fourth son of Edward II of England, and father of Henry IV.

John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, . A prominent and powerful political figure in late 14th century England, John of Gaunt was the fourth son of Edward II of England, and father of Henry IV.

Knaresborough Castle is in Yorkshire. It belonged to John of Gaunt, and is still part of the Duchy of Lancaster today. The King's Hall, shown in this photograph, was built during the 14th century, possibly by John. Copyright Tasa_M.

This article is the extraordinary story of how, in an age where rank and virtue were crucial attributes for a wife, a commoner and mistress became the first lady in England, and the mother of a Royal Dynasty.