John of Gaunt 1340-1399
John was John of Gaunt, because
he was born in Ghent, which you were allowed to spell anyway
you wished provided that you were born in medieval times.
John was also the earl of Richmond
from 1342 - 1362, the duke of Lancaster from 1362 - 1399, and
the duke of
from 1390 - 1399.
From 1367 - 1374, John led English
soldiers through France, as part of the
Hundred Years' War.
Back home, John teamed up with John
Wycliffe and had a calming effect on English politicians in
The Duke of Lancaster
— John of Gaunt's Family
John's father was English
Edward III. John's mother
was Philippa of Hainaut.
John's first wife was Blanche,
who gave birth to Henry, the future Henry IV, and died in
In 1371, John married his second wife,
Constance of Castile. In 1386, he went down to Spain to claim
the crown of Castile and Leon but the project didn't fly. Later,
John renounced his claims, Constance died in 1394, and that was
In 1396, John married his third wife,
And here is the map of John's march in
1327 - 1377
Click map to enlarge