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[–– Henry & Blanche ––]
5/26/1280, Acquittance to … for taking … by order of Edmund, count of Champagne, … to the use of … queen of Navarre, his consort, 16 bucks, 1 stag, 3 roebucks, and 1 boar in the forest of Dene. (S) CPRs.
7/8/1290 at Westminster, Earl Edmund, with a train of 100 knights and 6 ladies, attended the wedding of his niece Margaret.
6/28/1300, Simple protection for two years for Blanche, queen of Navarre, late the wife of Edmund, the king’s brother, staying beyond seas.
7/22/1298, Thomas at the battle of Falkirk and the defeat of William Wallace.
1296, Thomas inherited 3 earldoms from his father.
2/1308, Thomas offered to defend King Edward II against the other earls in battle.
11/1308, Thomas left the court of Edward II.
1311, Thomas inherited 2 earldoms from Alice’s father. [Having a total income of about £11,000 a year, 2nd only to the King.]
6/19/1312, Thomas 1 of 3 earls involved in the murder of Piers de Gaveston.
5/1317, Alice ‘abducted” by her lover, Eubulo Lestraunge, a squire of John de Warren, Earl of Surrey; which started a private war between the earls.
1318, Thomas reduced in power by the “Middle Party” retired to his castle at Pontefract.
1321, Thomas led the opposition forces in the north in the Despenser war.
3/16/1322, Thomas defeated and captured at the battle of Boroughbridge.
1322, Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster and Leicester, was beheaded by Edward II at this castle of Pontefract. [This execution of a powerful noble, uncle of his wife, who was not given a chance to defend himself, started the downfall of Edward II.]