Journal Article

The Royal Nursery: A Household for the Younger Children of Edward III

W. M. Ormrod

in The English Historical Review

Volume 120, issue 486, pages 398-415
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 0013-8266
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cei120
The Royal Nursery: A Household for the Younger Children of Edward III

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A separate household organised for the younger children of Edward III (Isabella of Woodstock, Joan of the Tower, Lionel of Antwerp and John of Gaunt) has long been known to have existed, but the discovery of the ‘ordinance’ of this household and further work in the royal financial records allows us to date it precisely, as existing in a formal sense only between 6 August 1340 and 30 April 1341. The context was extraordinary, and the creation of the household was necessitated only by the particular logistics of Edward III's and Queen Philippa's own households in the early stages of the Hundred Years War. The ordinance allows for detailed comparison between the personnel of this and other royal households, and the career of Isabella de la Mote, mistress of the king's children, is examined in some detail. The subsequent domestic arrangements made for these and other later children of Edward III are considered, some of the dates of the births and deaths of the princes and princesses are revised, and comparisons are made with other lesser royal households of the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries.

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