Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lancaster Curiosity (1) Henry IV

The flag of Henry IV, Duke of Lancaster, crowned king off all England on March 6, 1399. He became king through the machinations of John o' Gaunt, sometimes dubbed John-Kingmaker, the previous Duke of Lancaster. Today his standard flew above the castle and the neighbouring Priory Church. It shows the four lions rampant of England and a blue gate with the Fleur-de-Lys indicating he not only has the throne of England but has part of France too. It was this claim that caused the Hundred Years War
John of Gaunt was the last non-monarch to hold the Duchy. The present holder is Elizabeth II, our current Queen.

1 comment:

CrazyCath said...

History lessons always useful - thanks!
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