John de Spetvans resides under this stunning alabaster effigy in St Nicholas Church, Ash near Sandwich, Kent, UK.
Septvans wears about his neck the SS chain signifying his allegiance to the house of Lancaster. In turbulant times a view to either side, Lancaster or York could mean life or death dependant on which royal won the next battle!
Not content with an private view of his support, Septvans took part in the failed rebellion against Henry VI in 1450 led in Kent by the infamous Jack Cade. He was lucky enough to be pardonned for his actions and lived another eight years.
His widow Katherine Martin wears a barbed headress and wears, over her full skirts, a mantle of state. Both signifying her nobility. She died in 1498.
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