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Richard Fitzalan, 3rd Earl of Arundel

Tomb of 3rd Earl and his 2nd wife, Chichester Cathedral.
Photo 2012. From Jacqueline Poggi. Creative Commons.

Richard Fitzalan, 3rd Earl of Arundel (see here), born 1306.
He mar 1stly to Isabel Despenser [descendant of Edward I].
Marriage annulled by the Pope in 1344.
He had issue by 1st wife:

  1. Sir Edmund Fitzalan, had issue:
    1. Philippa Fitzalan, mar Sir Richard Sergeaux and had issue:
      1. Alice Sergeaux, mar Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford [born 1385] and had issue.

3rd Earl mar 2ndly to Eleanor Plantagenet [descendant of Henry III].
Celebrity Net Worth estimates him as the 15th richest person in human history (adjusted for inflation).
He died 1376.
He was bur with his 2nd wife in Chichester Cathedral.
Their lovely tomb inspired the poem "An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin.
He had issue by 2nd wife:

  1. Richard Fitzalan, 4th Earl of Arundel, born 1346.

  2. John Fitzalan, 1st Baron Arundel.

  3. Joan Fitzalan, mar Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford and had issue.

  4. Alice Fitzalan, mar Thomas de Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent and had issue.

3rd Earl and his 2nd wife.
Print of 1785.
From NPG. See terms of use.

Philip Larkin reads his lovely poem "An Arundel Tomb" (1964).
See text.
Of the Earl and his lady holding hands: "Rigidly they persisted, linked, through lengths and breadths of time. Snow fell, undated. Light each summer thronged the grass. A bright litter of birdcalls strewed the same bone-riddled ground. And up the paths the endless altered people came, ... Now, helpless in the hollow of an unarmorial age ... above their scrap of history, only an attitude remains".

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