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Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence

A small gilt bronze statuette (or weeper) of Lionel, Duke of Clarence, can be seen on the tomb of his father Edward III in Westminster Abbey. His enamelled shield is shown below. Originally there were twelve statuettes of sons and daughters of Edward but only six now remain on the south side of the tomb. His mother Philippa of Hainault has a tomb next to Edward III.

Lionel was born in Antwerp on 29th November 1338 while his parents were residing there at the beginning of the Hundred Years War. At the Tower of London in 1342 he married Elizabeth de Burgh. Their daughter Philippa married Edward Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March. He was Regent of England during his father's absence abroad and went with him to Calais later. The King appointed him to the Order of the Garter and in 1362 he was created Duke of Clarence. His second marriage was in Milan to Violante Visconti. He died in Italy on 17th October 1368 and was buried there until his body was later returned to England for burial with his first wife at Clare Priory in Suffolk.

The other children with surviving statuettes are Edward the "Black" Prince, Joan, Edmund Duke of York, Mary of Brittany and William of Hatfield.

William of Windsor and Blanche of the Tower have a small tomb in St Edmund's chapel with alabaster effigies.

Born

29th November 1338

Died

17th October 1368

Location

St Edward’s Chapel; South Ambulatory

Memorial Type

Statue

Material Type

Bronze

Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence
Lionel, Duke of Clarence weeper on Edward III tomb

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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