Sir John Clanvowe was born in England in 1341. Clanvowe gave the early years of his life to military service, campaigning in Brittany with John Chandos and in France with John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. In 1373 Clanvowe was appointed as a knight at the court of Edward III and, after Edward’s death in 1377, he was then appointed as a chamber knight to Richard II. During his time at the court of Richard II, Clanvowe was engaged in administration and diplomacy, most notably with France. Towards the end of his life, Clanvowe participated in the Crusade movement. He died on October 17 1391 near Constantinople.
During his time at the Ricardian court, Clanvowe became a friend and literary colleague of Geoffrey Chaucer (…
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