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Fortescue, Sir John

E. W. Ives

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Fortescue, Sir John (c. 1397–1479), justice and political theorist, was the second of the three sons of John Fortescue (d. 1432×6) of Holbeton in Devon, and his first wife, Clarice (her surname is unknown). His date of birth is unrecorded. His father was not a soldier, as historians of the family have claimed, but a local administrator and man of affairs, above all in the service of the ...

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