Lancaster Period in Hampshire’s History
The Lancaster Period 1399- 1471 in Hampshire’s History, spans the period when King Henry IV, V and VI came to the English throne. King Henry IV was the son of of John of Gaunt and hence became Duke of Lancaster until he was usurped and exiled. Far south from the traditional lands of these supporters of the War of the Roses, it may seem unlikely that there would be many direct connections to the seat of this seemingly remote and troubled crown but the history of Hampshire rarely disappoints.
The John of Gaunt deer park and hunting lodge, close to Kings Somborne, may just fit the bill. For a view of the key dates and events in the reigns of the Lancastrian Kings see our related Project – House of Lancaster Period on Intriguing History