Earl William De Bohun NORTHAMPTON
- Born: Abt 1312-1315, Caldecot, Northamptonshire, England
- Married: Abt 1335, Castle, Badlesmere, Kent, England
- Died: 16 Sep 1360
Ancestral File Number: HK72-P9.
Earl of NORTHAMPTON 1337.
A History of the Plantagenets, Vol III, The Three Edwards, Thomas B Costain, 1958, Doubleday & Co
p358: "The original Companions of the Order [of the Garter] were: two princes of the blood, Edward and the Earl of Lancaster...
"It is more interesting and significant to not those who were not included. No relatives of the queen had been invited, none of the younger princes nor the Earlof Kent, a first cousin. Men of inferior stateion had been preferred to such powerful members of the aristocracy as the Bohuns, Clintons, and DeVeres, the earls of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton..."
The Political History of England 1216-1377, Vol III, T F Tout, AMS Press, 1905,
p314: "... The internal history of the first few years of Edward's reign was uneventful...The country was growing rich and prosperous. The annal- ists tell us of little save tournaments and mummings, and the setting up of seven new earldoms to remedy the gaps which death and forfeiture had made in the higher circle of the baronage. The earldom of Devon was revived for the house of Courtenay...William Bohun, a younger son of the Humphrey slain at Borough- bridge, became Earl of Northampton,...and Henry of Grosmont, the Earl of Lancaster's first born, Earl of Derby..."
The Later Middle Ages 1272-1485, George Holmes, 1962, Norton Library of England
p123: "...The most striking feature of politics at home during the reign of Edward III was the King's good relations with the nobility. Until he lost his grip on affairs in his later years, they were perhaps better than in any other medieval reign. This was clearly the result of his building up around him a circle of devoted magnates and keeping them engaged in generally successful foreign wars. One of the symbolic acts at the beginning of the war with France in 1337 was the creation of sex new earls, including some young noblemen with whom the King was already very friendly and who were to be among his leading commanders: William Montague, Earl of Salisbury, his accomplice in 1330; Henry of Grosmont, Earl of Derby, later Duke of Lancaster; andWilliam de Bohun, Earl of Northampton..."
Ancestral File Ver 4.10 HK72-P9 William De BOHUN [TWIN] Born Abt 1312 Caldecot Northampton England Mar License 1335 Elizabeth De BADLESMERE [COUNTESS OF NORTHAMPTON] (AFN:G8BH-NK) Died 16 Sep 1360, Ver 4.13 Mar Castle Badlesmere Kent England.
William married Countess Elizabeth De Badlesmere NORTHAMPTON, daughter of Baron Bartholomew De BADLESMERE and Margaret De CLARE, about 1335 in Castle, Badlesmere, Kent, England. (Countess Elizabeth De Badlesmere NORTHAMPTON was born about 1313 in Castle, Badlesmere, Kent, England, died on 8 Jun 1356 and was buried in Blackfriars, London, Middlesex, England.)