About Me, Katherine Swynford

My early days

My early days

I was born in Hainaut, Belgium in 1350, fourth child of Sir Paon de Roet. We came to England when I was very young as my father was in the retinue of the wife of Edward III, Phillippa. She is the grand lady in the picture, Queen Phillippa of Hainaut, 1328 – 1369. I had a happy childhood and enjoyed the privileges of an education at court.

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