Anglo-French Relations The Cloak of Secrecy A personal voyage of detection

King Richard the Third's Secretary of State: A son of Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal?
  • Richard and George’s sister Elizabeth married William de la Pole’s son John (Tree 2)
  • The son of John de la Pole and Elizabeth was also called John, and he was appointed the inheritor of the crown of England by his Uncle Richard’s will. A familial connection to the de la Poles was clearly important. John Kendall, who was the same generation as John de la Pole, Richard’s Inheritor, would have been his second cousin.
  • From 1460 the Nevilles, and the familial connections to the De La Warrs, and the de la Poles were well positioned to support the advancement of a young John Kendall left in Richard Neville’s care.
  • If the above assumptions are correct, then John Kendall was brought up in the household that included Anne Neville, who married George, Duke of Clarence, and her sister Isabel who married Richard III. The children of George and Anne were Edward Earl of Warwick, executed in 1499, and Margaret Countess of Salisbury, executed in 1541. Margaret attended the wedding in France in 1502 of Anne de Foix-Candalle, who would have been a first cousin to John Kendall’s children. Why was she there unless there was some close tie? Also when Anne Foix-Candalle asks after her English kin, she could have meant the de la Poles, but also that might have included John Kendall’s children.
  • The benefit that John Kendall received with regard to the Estate of William Stonor’s mother also leans toward a de la Pole connection, the mother being Jane, the illegitimate daughter of William de la Pole (Tree 2), who had married Thomas Stonor, whose father in turn had been a ward of Alice Chaucer’s father. That is to say that close familial ties existed, and I have not seen any evidence of a protest against this grant.
  • This Thomas Stoner, according to the introduction to the Stonor Letters and Papers, ‘if he had any political leaning it was probably on the side of the Nevilles, for he was certainly on friendly terms with George Neville, the Archbishop of York, and is described as one of his servants.’ This is a further indication that George Neville had a role in the earlier life of John Kendall.
  • Thomas and Jane Stonor’s son William married Anne Neville, George Neville’s niece, which would confirm a close set of relationships. Francis Lovell was a Stonor cousin.


  1. Since King Richard’s will is of such importance these days in the debate about where he intended to be interred, do you have a source for your statement that he changed his will to appoint his nephew John de la Pole as his successor? Some people argue that we cannot know Richard’s intention in that regard since he left no will, while others are of the opinion that Richard, like other medieval men going to battle, certainly left a will, but that it was probably destroyed by Tudor’s men after Bosworth.

    1. Thank you for this. I do not have a primary source but secondary sources are many eg:
      William Toone’s The Chronological Historian (1828) Vol 1 p.110
      James Anderson’s A genealogical History of the House of Yvery (1742) Vol.1 p294
      The Works of Francis Bacon (edition 1854) Vol 1 p.739
      King Richard’s appointment of John de la Pole as his successor is what gave rise to the claims of the ‘White Rose’ please see Desmond Seward’s book of that title.

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