Blanche of Lancaster, Duchess of Lancaster (25 March 1345 – 12 September 1368) was an English noblewoman & heiress, daughter of England's wealthiest and most powerful peer, Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster. She was the first wife of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and the mother of King Henry IV of England. It is believed that Blanche may have died aged 22 after contracting the Black Death which was rife in Europe at that time. John of Gaunt held annual commemorations of her…

Blanche of Lancaster, Duchess of Lancaster March 1345 – 12 September was an English noblewoman & heiress, daughter of England's wealthiest and most powerful peer, Henry of Grosmon

c.1385  St. Stephen Altarpiece  Church of Santa Maria de Gualter (Noguera)  Musuem of Catalan Art, Barcelona

Bejís Medieval: El traje medieval femenino en el S. XIV - The site is in Spanish, but the imagery is awesome reference material! I particularly like the hair accessories used here. And the dress in the foreground.

14th Century- Low neckline and formfitting dress was the man style for that of a woman during this time.Two gowns are worn over each other and the sleeves are close fitting.

Century- Low neckline and formfitting dress was the main style for a woman during this time. Two gowns are worn over each other and the sleeves are close fitting.

Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress & eventual wife of the great Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Katheryn's life shows us she was an enigmatic & resilient woman who cared for the royal children in the household's of Queen Philippa & Blanche of Lancaster. Upon becoming Duchess, Katheryn became a patron of the arts, & due to her extreme piety, an avid giver to religious houses, orphans & lepers. She was also a loving wife…

My maternal AND paternal Great-grandmother, Katherine DeRoet Swynford Plantagenet, Duchess Lancaster. Wife of John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III. --She was also Geoffrey Chaucer's sister-in-law, as her sister Phillipa married the poet Chaucer.

A Bridal Pair, 1400s, South German, Oil on panel The Cleveland Museum of Art, Delia E. Holden and L. E. Holden Funds.

Late Gothic and Early Italian Renaissance - A Bridal Pair, South German, Oil on panel The Cleveland Museum of Art, Delia E. Holden and L.

1352 - ‘Graf Günther von Schwarzburg-Blankenburg (+1349), antiking of Karl IV', Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany by roelipilami, via Flickr

1352 - ‘Graf Günther von Schwarzburg-Blankenburg antiking of Karl IV'…

12th Century Pendant Sleeve Gown - like the sleeves pinned back with the button.

The Nurse's Italian Century Pendant Sleeve Gown - like the sleeves pinned back with the button.

Tocado de doña Teresa Gil, desde 1307 SE ENCUENTRA en el Museo del Traje, Madrid

Wow - perfect for adding to a fencing ensemble, assuming you're female & Spanish - Headdress of Dona Teresa Gil, from 1307 is located in Museo del Traje, Madrid

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