Date of Award

Summer 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

J. S. Hamilton

Committee Member

Charles H. Haws

Committee Member

Patrick Rollins

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47R67


The problem under examination is to determine to what extent were the public policy pursuits of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, designed to expand the patrimony and influence of the house of Lancaster. Gaunt's actions have been placed in a wider historical context. His claims to various European lands from Provence to Scotland have been examined. His use of the marriages of himself and of his children to strengthen the prestige of his house have been scrutinized. The result of this study has been to show Gaunt's loyalty to what he perceived to be the interests of his immediate house of Lancaster, and secondly to the wider Plantagenet family. As custodian of these family interests his political activities have been shown to have great consistency.


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