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William de la Pole

William de la Pole Biography

War Hero


ABOUT
English military leader during the Hundred Years' War who served as First Duke of Suffolk.
BEFORE FAME
He fought alongside his father in the Siege of Harfleur. De la Pole was seriously wounded during the siege, and his father died of dysentery.

FAMILY LIFE
He had one son and at least one illegitimate daughter.
ASSOCIATED WITH
William Shakespeare made De la Pole a prominent character in his famous play Henry V.
TRIVIA
His nickname, "Jacknapes," became a shorthand way of calling someone brash.

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