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 Michael, who was also present there.
Burial: Wingfield Church, Suffolk, England
Change Date: 27 Oct 2014 at 11:17
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 supported Henry IV against Richard II. He died during the Siege of Harfleur in 1415.
He was a son of Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl of Suffolk and Katherine Wingfield, daughter of Sir John Wingfield.
His father fled abroad amid accusations of treason during the Merciless Parliament in 1388, and forfeited the title of Earl of Suffolk and the family estates. Over the next decade, 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 association with the Lords Appellant, particularly the Earl of Warwick and the Duke of Gloucester prejudiced Richard II against him. He finally obtained the restoration of the earldom in January 1398.
While he obeyed the summons of the Duke of York to defend the kingdom against Henry Bolingbroke in July 1399, he did not object to the disbandment of York's army and consented to the deposition of Richard II. While the first Parliament of Henry IV technically upheld the forfeitures of the Merciless 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 obtain possession of the remaining estates which had not been restored.
He played a relatively small role in national politics, although he regularly attended Parliament. He took part in the campaign in Scotland in 1400, in naval operations around 1405, and was the senior English diplomat at the Council of Pisa (1409). Suffolk was also a lieutenant of the Duke of Clarence during his campaign of 1412\endash 1413. However, most of his energies were spent on re-establishing de la Pole influence in East Anglia. He was a justice of the peace in Norfolk and Suffolk from 1399, and assembled a considerable following among the local gentry. He completed his father's building plans at Wingfield, Suffolk and enlarged the local church.
Suffolk brought 40 men-at-arms and 120 archers with him on the 1415 campaign of Henry V. He died of dysentery before Harfleur, and was succeeded by his eldest son Michael, who was also present there.
The Tomb of Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk and his wife in Wingfield Church
Michael married Katherine de Stafford, daughter of Hugh de 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 of Jargeau
Sir John de la Pole (d. 1429), died a prisoner in France.Father of Margaret de la Pole
Sir Thomas de la Pole (aft. 1397-1433), died in France while a hostage for his brother William. He had a daughter Katherine de la Pole (1416-1488, buried in Rowley Abbey, Oxfordshire), second wife of Sir Miles Stapleton
Katherine de la Pole, abbess at Barking
Isabel de la Pole (d. 1466), married Thomas de Morley, 5th Baron Morley
Elizabeth de la Pole, married first Edward Burnell, son of Hugh Burnell, 2nd Baron Burnell, second Sir Thomas Kerdeston
1. Walker, Simon (2004). "Pole, Michael de la, second earl of Suffolk (1367/8\endash 1415)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
2. Joseph Hunter (1850). Agincourt: a contribution towards an authentic list of the commanders of the English host in King Henry the Fifth's expedition to France, in the third year of his reign. Cowen Tracts: Newcastle University. Stable 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
- 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
- Michael de la Pole b: 1394