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Alice (Chaucer) de la Pole (abt. 1404 - abt. 1475)

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Alice (Alyce) de la Pole formerly Chaucer aka Montagu, Philip
Born about in Ewelme, Oxfordshire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married in Ewelme, Oxfordshire, Englandmap
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Died about in Ewelme, Oxfordshire, Englandmap
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Alice Chaucer spelled her name "Alyce" in her signed documents (correspondence, deeds and grants).[1]. Alyce owned books in English, French and Latin, and there can be no doubt from a study of her life that she was literate in all three languages.[1] A partial inventory in 1466 lists 21 books among her personal library, including books used for the Mass, song books, books of advice to princes, an epic book of feudal wars in rhymed French, a book on the achievements of admirable women, and one of advice to women, a book "The Pilgrimage of the Life of Man" - an allegory in poetry and prose, and (one of several books commissioned by the Duchess of Suffolk), "Virtues of the Mass".[1]


Name: Alyce Chaucer[2]
Name: Alyce Philip[3]
Name: Alyce Montagu[3]
Name: Alyce De La Pole[3]


Birth: Alyce Chaucer was born about 1404-5 (age 11 in 1415), [2] at Ewelme, Oxfordshire, England, the granddaughter of the famous poet Geoffrey Chaucer.


Alyce (Chaucer) (Philip) (Montague) de la Pole, Duchess of Suffolk, died 20 May (or 9 June) 1475, and was buried at Ewelme, Oxfordshire, England.[3]


Duchess Alyce de Suffolk designed her own unique, canopied, altar tomb, which her son had built entirely of alabaster in St Mary the Virgin Church, a church Alyce and her husband, William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, built at the village of Ewelme, Oxfordshire, England.[4][5]

Marriages and Children

Alyce Chaucer, daughter of Thomas and Maud (Burghersh) Chaucer, married as his 3rd wife John Philip, son of William Philip by Julian Erpingham, before 21 Oct 1414.[2] Sir John Philip died at the siege of Harfleur 2 Oct 1415.[2] They had no issue.[2]
Alyce (Chaucer) Philip married 2nd, before Nov 1424, as his 2nd wife, Thomas Montagu, K.G., Earl of Salisbury. Thomas died at Meung-sur-Loire near Beaugency on 3 Nov 1428.[2]
Alyce (Chaucer) (Philip) (Montagu) married 3rd, by license dated 11 Nov 1430, William de la Pole, K.G., Duke, Marquess and Earl of Suffolk.[2] They had a son: John, 2nd Duke of Suffolk.[6]
John de la Pole, born 27 Sept 1442, 2nd duke of Suffolk, died c. 24 July 1492[2]
Alyce's husband, the first Duke of Suffolk, was murdered 2 May 1450.[2]


Title: Lady of the Garter, 1432, England[7]
Alice Chaucer, Countess of Suffolk, (later Duchess of Suffolk), was appointed a Lady of the Garter by King Henry VI, who was monarch at that time. The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most prestigious of the chivalry orders in England.[8]


  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 421-424
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Library of Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk, pages
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, by Douglas Richardson (2011), Vol II, page 45, 345
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, by Douglas Richardson (2013), Vol IV, page 122
  4. St Mary The Virgin (Ewelme)
  5. Ewelme at Vision of
  6. Our Royal, Titled, Noble and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins
  7. List of Ladies of the Garter
  8. The Order of the The Garter
See also:
  • The Library of Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk, database online, (a pdf file) by Karen K. Jambeck, describing the books owned and used by Alyce, Duchess of Suffolk. Her known works are serious texts concerning religion, philosophy, and governing, and their collected wisdom is reflected in her history, (see particularly pages 131 - 134). Pages 106 - 135
  • St Mary The Virgin (Ewelme), database online at Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, [See website images for details of Alyce's tomb].
  • GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ewelme in South Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time. Ewelme, Date accessed: 04th June 2016
  • Alice Chaucer de la Pole, database online, Created by: julia&keld, Record added: Aug 21, 2011. Find a Grave Memorial #75264052 [See excellent images of her tomb]

Notes from

Note: Ewelme_Ewelme Manor
Note: Alice Chaucer, Lady of the Garter
Note: Fall of the De La Pole Family
Note: Chaucer Crest
  • Source S-1024580409 Repository: #R-1720648035 Title: Ancestry Family Trees, Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Source: #S-1024580409 Ancestry Family Trees
  • Repository R-1720648035
  • Ancestral File Number: B1NF-K6

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