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Hugh le, Earl of Winchester. 1262–1326, English statesman, a favourite of Edward II. Together with his son Hugh,the Younger (?1290–1326), he was executed by the king's enemies
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  • despenser's action provoked extreme indignation among all the marcher lords.

  • I scarce expected a despenser to hear his name with patience.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • The tomb is very similar in design to the despenser tomb over against which it is placed.

  • It was probably on the 24th that the younger despenser suffered.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • despenser, abler and more restless than the others, and confident in the royal favour, was the first to take the aggressive.

  • despenser, however, thought it prudent to avoid his enemies by going into hiding.

  • Edward made his way to Gloucester in March, 1321, and strove to protect despenser and to calm the wild spirits of the marchers.

  • Yet even then, despenser was not satisfied with his position.

  • The earldom did not return to the despenser family until 1397, when it was conferred on the great-grandson of the attainted Earl.

    The Well in the Desert Emily Sarah Holt
  • Edward and his unpopular ministers fled towards Wales; but the elder despenser was caught at Bristol and promptly hanged.

    A History of England Charles Oman

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