23 November 2013

The English Spensers


The Spensers [Hugh Despenser and his son, Hugh] were so much detested, that, out of hatred to them, many nobles joined the queen, who set out with a numerous army in pursuit of the king. The king, abandoned by everybody, fled into Wales, in hopes of raising an army there. In this hope he was disappointed; and he next embarked for Ireland, in the belief that he should there find a place of refuge: but, being driven about by adverse winds, he was obliged to re-land near Swansea. He then sought to conceal himself and a few followers in the monastery of Neath; but his retreat was soon discovered, and Henry earl of Lancaster (son to the earl who was executed at Pontefract) made him a prisoner and carried him to Kenilworth. Both the Spensers were taken at Neath with the king, and fell sacrifices to the hatred of the people. [Source]

See my blog post, A Traitor's Remains Found?, for more about the Spensers.

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