Discover, shop and express your style

(An idealized painting of Elizabeth le Despenser, painted c. 1845.)

Elizabeth le Despenser (c. 1327 – 13 July 1389) was an English noblewoman. She was the youngest daughter of Hugh le Despenser the younger and his wife Eleanor de Clare. Her father is famous for being the favorite of Edward II of England, and being executed as a result of his position and actions. Through her mother, Elizabeth was a great granddaughter of King Edward I of England.

The exact date of her birth is disputed; it is possible that she (or her brother John) was born in December 1325. She may have been born to her mother sometime after her father's death, as she was not forced to take the veil like three of her older sisters. Not much else is known about her youth until August 1338, when she was sent to the care of her maternal aunt Elizabeth de Clare after her mother Eleanor's death the previous year.

In August 1338, she married Maurice de Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley, who was ironically a grandson of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, the man largely responsible for the execution of Elizabeth's father Hugh. She and her husband had seven children:

 Thomas de Berkeley, 5th Lord Berkeley 5 January 1352/53 – 13 July 1417) married Margaret de Lisle, Baroness Lisle
 Sir James de Berkeley (born ca. 1355 – 13 June 1405) married Elizabeth Bluet. They were the parents of James Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley
 John de Berkeley (born ca. 1357–1381)
 Maurice de Berkeley (born ca. 1358 death date unknown) married Jone Hereford
 Catherine de Berkeley (born ca. 1360 death date unknown)
 Agnes de Berkeley (born ca. 1363 death date unknown)
 Elizabeth de Berkeley (born ca. 1365 death date unknown)

Elizabeth died on 13 July 1389. She was buried at St Botolph's Aldgate, London, England.
Show all items in this set…

Similar Styles

  • Woven Seagrass Basket with Leather
    williams-sonoma.com
    Woven by hand from natural sea grass, these baskets infuse any space with warmth and texture. High sides and leather-lashed handles make them versatile for storage of anything from towels in the bathroom to kindling on the hearth. We love to use them as cachepots to dress up potted plants. Crafted from natural sea grass, hand woven around a strong rattan frame. Thick, coiled handles are accented with decorative leather stitching. Sealed and protected with a clear lacquer topcoat.
  • Lady Mary Grey
    Similar set
  • Art Classics LTD Vellum Songbook I Acrylic Wall Art by Old World
    purehome.com
    Bring home your love for classical music with the Vellum Songbook I Acrylic Wall Art by Old World. The Vellum Songbook I Acrylic Wall Art features a page from a timeworn vellum songbook, complete with music notes and Latin lyrics. With a traditional vintage design, the Vellum Songbook I Acrylic Wall Art is the perfect piece of art to hang on the wall in both traditional and industrial spaces and showcase your passion for music. Acrylic panel on wood. 11" x 14" The Vellum Songbook I Acrylic Wall Art by Old World is produced by Art Classics LTD and made to order in the USA.
  • Eastern Accents Capiz Curtain Hardware
    horchow.com
    By Eastern Accents. Hardwood is used for the base of the poles, globe finials, and dome holdback. Individual capiz shells are hand-applied to the wood, and each piece is treated to a laminate finish. All hardware shown accommodates the 2"Dia. capiz shell poles, available in 4' or 8' lengths. Capiz shell globe finials, 4.5"L x 4"T. Capiz shell dome holdback, 4.75"Dia. x 6.5"L, with 4" projection. Double bracket and curtain rings are made of hardwood with a creamy faux-shell finish. Double bracket accommodates two poles; 7.5"W x 7.5"T. Rings have a 3.5" outer diameter and 2.5" inner diameter. Made in the USA.
  • Art History Sets
    Collection
  • Pier 1 Imports Owen Wingback Dining Chair - Vibes Gold
    pier1.com
    The classic wingback chair soars into a new era. Hand-upholstered, Owen features modified flat wings, bold fabric, self-welting and nailhead trim on all sides. Squared legs are solid hardwood with a deep espresso finish. Perfect for dining, bedroom or office.Details & Dimensions: Color: Gold. 21"W x 26.75"D x 39.50"H. Birch wood, polyester, metal, polyether foam. Hand-upholstered. Spot clean or professional clean only.
  • Baccarat Eye Votive
    baccarat.com
    The Eye votive in Baccarat crystal offers a stunning interplay of light: horizontal cuts on the outside and vertical cuts on the inside paired with the elegant color which accentuates the candle's light. The exquisitely crafted form, designed for Baccarat by Nicolas Triboulot, is underscored by the multifaceted effect of the flickering light on its round shape. The beveled contours add dimension to the play on light, creating a seemingly infinite iridescence. Consequently, the Eye votive not only illuminates the crystal globe but brings warmth and radiance to any room it is placed in. The entrancing attributes of the Eye votive are also characteristic of the Baccarat Clear crystal Eye vase.
  • Japanese Magazine Basket
    williams-sonoma.com
    Distinguished by their bell-shaped sides, our baskets offer durable and decorative storage for an array of everyday items. Artisans weave them from solid and strap rattan, which endows them with natural beauty and enduring strength. Reinforced with solid-rattan rims. Woven around strong metal frames. Finished with a brown wash and semi-gloss lacquer.
  • Irene Suchocki "Flying Over Paris"
    casa.com
    Flying Over Paris by Irene Suchocki is a Framed Art Print set in a SOHO Mahogany frame with Crisp - Bright White matting. High-quality printing gives this fine art print its vivid and sharp appearance. Produced on medium weight cover stock, this art reproduction is coated with a silken finish that protects the inks and creates an elegant look. An acrylic coating protects the stunning print from dust, moisture and fading. Handcrafted in the USA. Mounting hardware is included. Dimensions: 1" wide x 25" long/deep x 31" high. Material: Wood/Paper/Acrylic. Made in the USA. Care Instructions : Quality construction ensures lasting durability. Clean with a dry towell. Made in the USA. Wood/Paper/Acrylic.
  • Pier 1 Imports Kesambi Wing Chair - Honey
    pier1.com
    Despite its bold, hand-woven birdseye and wraparound wings, the spectacular Kesambi is anything but flighty. In fact, with its roomy seat, formidable arched armrests, tortoiseshell bent-rattan trim and chunky wooden feet, we'd say you're on pretty solid ground, design-wise. Details & Dimensions: Honey. 29.53"W x 32.28"D x 35.83"H. Rattan, mixed wood. Hand-woven. Clean with a soft, damp cloth. Requires a deluxe size cushion, sold separately.
  • Tuanku Fauziah
    Similar set
  • Skultuna "Ring My Bell" Dinner Bell - Brass - Black
    amara.com
    Add a unique home accessory to your interior with this stunning Ring My Bell from Skultuna. Designed by Olof Kolte, this bell is inspired by the classic 19th century school bell, made from indulgent polished brass. Finished with a coloured handle to add a modern twist, this bell is perfect for use at the wedding table, board room or a quirky decorative piece. Skultuna is a royal warrant holder by appointment to HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. To clean your item, Glanol detergent is recommended, available to purchase separately, which results in a high-sheen finish and creates a water-repellent protective film against rust and corrosion whilst removing any minor soiling.Key features: * Material: brass * Dimensions: H18cm * School bell style bell * Black handle * Designed by Olof Kolte * Glanol detergent recommended for cleaning * More home accessories from Skultuna
  • Pier 1 Imports Claudio Wing Chair - Jacobean Ochre
    pier1.com
    Our update on the classic wingback, the refined Claudio Chair features a more streamlined silhouette (no tufts), while maintaining the traditional privacy wings, comfy curved arms and turned hardwood legs. Hand-finished jacquard-weave upholstery is self-welted and pulled tight over plush padding. Plop in.Details & Dimensions: Ivory/Multiclor. 32.50"W x 31.50"D x 36.62"H. Pine and birch woods, rayon, polyester, foam. Spot clean or professionally clean. Exclusively Pier 1 Imports. See labeling for additional product details. Assembly Required.
  • Auguste Rodin "Cambodian Dancers"
    casa.com
    Cambodian Dancers by Auguste Rodin is a Framed Art Print set in a SOHO Thin frame with Crisp - Bright White matting. High-quality printing gives this fine art print its vivid and sharp appearance. Produced on medium weight cover stock, this art reproduction is coated with a silken finish that protects the inks and creates an elegant look. An acrylic coating protects the stunning print from dust, moisture and fading. Handcrafted in the USA. Mounting hardware is included. Dimensions: 1" wide x 13" long/deep x 16" high. Material: Wood/Paper/Acrylic. Made in the USA. Care Instructions : Quality construction ensures lasting durability. Clean with a dry towell. Made in the USA. Wood/Paper/Acrylic.
About