Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sir Hugh le Despenser and Sir Ralph Basset

When Sir Simon de Montfort saw the overwhelming array of force that Edward had brought against him, he is reputed to have said, "Now let us commend our souls to God; for our bodies are our enemies." (1)

He also urged those with him to flee and save themselves for better service to England, but the only deserters were the foreign troops who had made common cause with Montfort.  Simon and those around him fought to the death.  The shields of two who fought and died next to Simon are:


Leo is a direct descendant of (2) Sir Hugh le Despenser (1223-1265), whose arms above are blazoned as:

Quarterly argent and gules fretty Or overall a bendlet sable

Leo and April are both related, though not in direct ascendency, to (3) Sir Ralph Basset (-1265) who might have borne the arms, below, which are blazoned as:

Or three piles meeting in base gules, a canton ermine


(1) Life of Simon de Montfort, Mandell Creighton, D.D.; c. 1895 London, England.
(2) Dering Roll #214 Thanks to Brian Timms for sharing his fabulous collection of shields
(3) Foster Roll #47 Thanks to Brian Timms for sharing his fabulous collection of shields


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