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Alice Perrers

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Short Biography profile and facts about the life of Alice Perrers
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life and history of Alice Perrers a famous Medieval character of the Middle Ages:

  • Nationality: English

  • Also Known as: Alice De Windsor - she was the wife of Sir William de Windsor (d. 1384).
  • Lifespan: 1348 - 1400
  • Time Reference: Lived during the reign of King Edward III and Richard II
  • Date of Birth: She was born in 1348 ( the exact date of birth is unknown)
  • Family connections : She was the daughter of a Hertfordshire knight
  • Married: William of Windsor, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
  • Entered the royal Plantagenet court in 1369 as Lady in waiting to the wife of King Edward III who was called Philippa of Hainault
  • Alice Perrers was Lady in waiting to Queen Philippa of Hainault
  • She became the mistress of the aging King Edward III in 1399 after his queen, Phillippa of Hainault died from the Black Death
  • Children by King Edward III
    • Sir John de Southeray
    • Nicholas Lytlington - Abbot of Westminster
    • Jane Plantagenet
    • Joan Plantagenet
  • King Edward was under the influence of Alice Perrers, and the court became extremely extravagant. Ministers were suspected of corruption. Edward gave Alice Perrers the jewels and robes of Queen Philippa. Alice paraded through London wearing the costly clothes and jewels to a tournament in a triumphal chariot with the title of 'Lady of the Sun'
  • Her interference in the promotion of lawsuits in the courts to secure sentences in favour of her friends, or of those who had purchased her favour, led to her banishment from the royal household by the Good Parliament of 1376
  • Alice Perrers returned in 1377 following a dying plea from her lover King Edward III
  • She was banished again after the death of King Edward III but returned to continue her court life of a  wealthy woman at the court of Richard II 
  • Date of Death: Alice Perrers died in 1400 ( the exact date of death is unknown
  • Character of Alice Perrers: She was an ambitious, unscrupulous, indiscreet and greedy woman of humble origins who became one of the most powerful figures at royal court of Edward III
  • Accomplishments or why Alice Perrers was famous: The mistress of King Edward III
  • Alice Perrers was a great beauty, but John Wycliffe described her as the "devil's tool"
  • Alice Perrers wore the dead queen's jewels in public, and was widely believed to have had an inappropriate influence on the king of England
  • Alice Perrers was not only reputed to have infatuated the old King by occult spells, but her physician  was arrested on a charge of confecting love philtres and talismans
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