This Day in History: 1368-09-12

On 12th September 1368, Blanche of Lancaster, daughter-in-law of Edward III by her marriage to his son, John of Gaunt, died at Tutbury Castle, either from childbirth-related issues or from the plague. Only twenty-six, she had already given birth seven times with three babies surviving infancy by the time of her death. During her nine years’ marriage to John, she had spent much time at Pontefract and with the death of her older sister, Maude, without issue in 1362, her husband had inherited various titles.