|22 Fantastic Facts why John Lovell VII was Called the Great Lord Lovell|
Lovells of Titchmarsh
Minster Lovell Hall
Old Warour Castle
Other Lovell Castles
Francis, Viscount Lovell and Sir Thomas Lovell
Did Francis Lovell have Children?
is without a doubt the most famous Lord Lovell. He undoubtedly
deserves this fame. His great-great-grandfather, John Lovell VII
(c. 1342-1408), was a fascinating person as well. Not only did he
live in interesting times, he was deeply involved in the
royal court and experienced some ups and downs caused by the
political upheavals of the last quarter of the fourteenth century.
During the first parliament he attended, Peter de la Mare became the
first speaker of the Commons.
John Lovell was there at the Merciless Parliament. He went on
campaign in France, Scotland and Ireland, survived the usurpation
of Henry IV, retaining his seat on the royal council, and died at
the grand age of (about) 66.
Here are some fascinating facts why I think that John Lovell VII deserves to be better known.
|John Lovell VII began his career as a courtier and administrator in the last years of the reign of Edward III, lived through the partly turbulent reign of Richard II, survived the usurpation of Henry IV without any loss of status, and retired only when old age demanded it. As a member of the ruling elite his career was influenced by these events and, to a smaller extent, he influenced these events himself. Whether that is enough for him to warrant the sobriquet 'the Great' I doubt, but then I generally dislike the term. In the case of John Lovell VII it can be said that he was 'great' compared to both his predecessors and his successors as Lord Lovell. It was only his great-great-grandson Francis Lovell who engaged in royal politics as closely as John Lovell VII did. Francis Lovell rose even higher in status at the royal court, but unlike his forefather he did not have the flexibility or perhaps the inclination to adapt to the new regime after 1485. Just as John Lovell survival through the upheavals of his time can be seen as showing him either to be a ruthless opportunist or a man "with the wit and judgement to adjust to the dramatic shifts in political fortunes that marked the period", so Francis Lovell's insistent refusal to accept the new regime can be seen as either a commendable act of loyalty or as bullheaded foolishness that cost him his life and his family its fortunes.|
|I like to thank Kate Wilkinson for giving me the idea to write a listicle about John Lovell VII and why I think he is such an interesting person to research.|
Chris Given-Wilson, 'Richard II and the Higher Nobility', in:
Goodman, A. and Gillespie, J. L. (eds.), Richard II: The Art of
Kingship (Oxford 1999), p. 115, n. 32.
 W. Mark Ormrod, Edward III (Totton, 2013), p. 24. (Talking about a different period altogether, but this holds true for John Lovell's time as well.)
Monika E. Simon, 'The Lovells of Titchmarsh. A Late Medieval Baronial Family (1297-148?)', (unpubl. DPhil Thesis, University of York, 1999).
Monika E. Simon
© Heraldry Gill Smith, Glossary of Heraldic Terms.
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