30422828. Earl Ralph de Stafford & 30422829. Margaret de Audley & 5910475. Katherine de Hastangs
6/22/1344, Ralph, baron Stafford, with earls and the king in the new chamber at Westminster, before the ninth hour, when the king sealed certain letters. (S) CPRs.
9/1344, Ralph participated in the tournament at Hereford.
2/23/1345, Ralph became Seneschal of Aquitaine, in France.
7/12/1346, King Edward landed an invasion force of 10000 in Normandy, which marched north plundering the countryside. King Philip VI, with 8000 horsemen and 4000 Genoese crossbowmen pursued.
8/26/1346, Ralph fought as a knight banneret in the King’s Division at the Battle of Crecy north of Paris. (S) Crecy & Calais, 1898, P35.
2/1347, Ralph and the Earl of Oxford destroyed a French fleet bringing food to Calais.
1347, Ralph at the siege of Calais, with 205 men in his contingent. (S) English Historical Documents 1327-1485, Myers, 1996, P497. [Calais fell 8/4/1347.]
11/10/1347, Margaret’s father died.
11/16/1347, Whereas the king of special grace has lately surrendered to Ralph de Stafford and Margaret his wife, daughter and heir of Hugh Daudele, earl of Gloucester, who is of full age, the lands of Hugh … (S) CPRs.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].