Name: Michael de la Pole
Given Name: Michael
Surname: de la Pole
Suffix: 2nd Earl of Suffolk
Birth: Abt 1361 in Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: 14 Sep 1415 in Harfleur, Normandy, France of He died during the Siege of Harfleur in 1415. He died of dysentery before Harfleur, and was succeeded by his eldest son
Burial: Wingfield Church, Suffolk, England
Change Date: 3 Jan 2015 at 10:08
Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk
Michael de la Pole
Earl of Suffolk
De La Pole Coat of Arms
Spouse Katherine de Stafford
Michael de la Pole, 3rd Earl of Suffolk
William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk
Sir Alexander de la Pole
Sir John de la Pole
Sir Thomas de la Pole
Katherine de la Pole
Isabel de la Pole
Elizabeth de la Pole
Father Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl of Suffolk
Mother Katherine Wingfield
Died 14 September 1415
Siege of Harfleur
Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk (1367 \endash  ; 17 September 1415) was an English nobleman who supporte d Henry IV against Richard II. He died during the Siege o f Harfleur in 1415.
He was a son of Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl of Suffolk an d Katherine Wingfield, daughter of Sir John Wingfield.
His father fled abroad amid accusations of treason during t he Merciless Parliament in 1388, and forfeited the title o f Earl of Suffolk and the family estates. Over the next dec ade, Michael made vigorous attempts to recover these lands , and obtained most of them piecemeal between 1389 and 1392 , following his father's death. However, his close associat ion with the Lords Appellant, particularly the Earl of Warw ick and the Duke of Gloucester prejudiced Richard II agains t him. He finally obtained the restoration of the earldom i n January 1398.
While he obeyed the summons of the Duke of York to defend t he kingdom against Henry Bolingbroke in July 1399, he did n ot object to the disbandment of York's army and consented t o the deposition of Richard II. While the first Parliamen t of Henry IV technically upheld the forfeitures of the Mer ciless Parliament, Henry IV immediately restored de la Pole 's estates and title in recognition of his support. However , he would spend the remainder of his life trying to obtai n possession of the remaining estates which had not been re stored.
He played a relatively small role in national politics, alt hough he regularly attended Parliament. He took part in th e campaign in Scotland in 1400, in naval operations aroun d 1405, and was the senior English diplomat at the Counci l of Pisa (1409). Suffolk was also a lieutenant of the Duk e of Clarence during his campaign of 1412\endash 1413. Howe ver, most of his energies were spent on re-establishing d e la Pole influence in East Anglia. He was a justice of th e peace in Norfolk and Suffolk from 1399, and assembled a c onsiderable following among the local gentry. He complete d his father's building plans at Wingfield, Suffolk and enl arged the local church.
Suffolk brought 40 men-at-arms and 120 archers with him o n the 1415 campaign of Henry V. He died of dysentery befor e Harfleur, and was succeeded by his eldest son Michael, wh o was also present there.
The Tomb of Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk and hi s wife in Wingfield Church
Michael married Katherine de Stafford, daughter of Hugh d e Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford.
They were parents to at least eight children:
Michael de la Pole, 3rd Earl of Suffolk (1394-1415)
William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450)
Sir Alexander de la Pole (d. 1429), killed at the Battle o f Jargeau
Sir John de la Pole (d. 1429), died a prisoner in France.Fa ther of Margaret de la Pole
Sir Thomas de la Pole (aft. 1397-1433), died in France whil e a hostage for his brother William. He had a daughter Kath erine de la Pole (1416-1488, buried in Rowley Abbey, Oxford shire), second wife of Sir Miles Stapleton
Katherine de la Pole, abbess at Barking
Isabel de la Pole (d. 1466), married Thomas de Morley, 5t h Baron Morley
Elizabeth de la Pole, married first Edward Burnell, son o f Hugh Burnell, 2nd Baron Burnell, second Sir Thomas Kerdes ton
1. Walker, Simon (2004). "Pole, Michael de la, second ear l of Suffolk (1367/8\endash 1415)". Oxford Dictionary of Na tional Biography. Oxford University Press.
2. Joseph Hunter (1850). Agincourt: a contribution toward s an authentic list of the commanders of the English host i n King Henry the Fifth's expedition to France, in the thir d year of his reign. Cowen Tracts: Newcastle University. St able URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/60201871
Father: Michael de la Pole b: Abt 1330 in Wingfield Castle, Suffolk, England
Mother: Catherine Wingfield b: 1349 in Wingfield Castle, Suffolk, England
Catharine (Katherine) Stafford b: Abt 1366 in Wingfield, Suffolk, England
13 Apr 1383
- Change Date:
27 Oct 2014
- Thomas de la Pole b: Abt 1363 in Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, England
- Michael de la Pole b: 1394
- William "Jack Napes" de la Pole b: 16 Oct 1396 in Cotton, Suffolk, England
- Katherine de la Pole b: 1416 in Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, England