Lady Mable of York


Countess of Hertfordshire

in vino veritas



Third child of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester

Mable spent her childhood at Goodrich Castle where her Mother was staying as a guest while her father was in France fighting The Lancastrian War, with Sir Richard Talbot. Mable attended Windsor Castle in 1421 as a Lady in Waiting to Catherine of Valois where she stayed until the death of King Henry V.

In 1424 Mable married Lord Percival, Earl of Hertfordshire and in 1426 Mable bore Percival a son Elvy and in 1429 their daughter Rosie.