Humphrey Plantagenet

Humphrey Plantagenet

Death 23 Feb 1447 (aged 56)
Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England
Burial St Albans, St Albans District, Hertfordshire, England
Memorial ID 19413 · View Source
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English Royalty. Born the fifth son of Henry IV, King of England and Mary de Bohun. He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter about 1400 and gained the titles of Duke of Gloucester and Earl of Pembroke in May 1414. He married Jacqueline von Bayern, Comtesse de Hollande, Zélande et Hainault in 1422 an was styled as Comte de Hollande, Zélande et Hainault as a result. Upon the death of his brother, Henry V, that same year, he was named regent for his infant nephew, Henry VI. He was divorced in July 1428 by Papal decree and married Eleanor de Cobham. A patron of literature, he donated the nucleus of its collection to the Bodleian Library at Oxford, now called Duke Humphrey's Library. In 1441, in an apparent attempt to influence the monarch and maintain power for her husband, his wife was arrested on a charge of practicing witchcraft against the king. She was convicted of witchcraft and was imprisoned. Following her conviction, Gloucester was arrested on a charge of treason. He died under unexplained circumstances while in custody.

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