1st Edition

The Royal Bastards of Medieval England

By Chris Given-Wilson, Alice Curteis Copyright 1984

    First published in 1984, The Royal Bastards of Medieval England establishes a list of royal bastards in medieval England, and discusses their roles in the history of the period. The authors describe how gradually the church began to formulate more definite views on sexual and marital customs, with a consequent decline in the status of illegitimate children. By early sixteenth century, however, royal bastards were once again making their way into the peerage. The book charts the lives of these men and women against the background not only of contemporary political developments, but also of changing ideas about morality and family. This book will be of interest to students of history, religion and literature.

    Acknowledgements 1. The English royal family in the Middle Ages 2. Marriage and divorce 3. Sex, love and illegitimacy 4. Henry I’s bastards 5. Robert of Gloucester 6. Gervais of Blois 7. Henry II’s bastards 8. Geoffrey ‘Plantagent’ 9. The bastards of Richard I and King John 10. Sir John de Southeray 11. Sir Roger de Clarendon 12. Katherine Swynford and the Beauforts 13. Allegations of bastardy in the fifteenth-century royal family 14. Yorkist royal bastards 15. Arthur Plantagent Postscript Appendix Note on sources Index of names and places Subject index


    Chris Given-Wilson and Alice Curteis