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The fight at Clyst in 1455

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 44 (1912) pp. 252-265.


Mrs G.H. Radford

Prepared by Michael Steer

During the Wars of the Roses, the mortal enemies of the Courtenay Earls of Devon were the Bonville family of Shute. On 3 November 1455 Thomas de Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon (1414-1458) at the head of a private army of 1,000 men seized control of Exeter and its royal castle, of which the Earls had for many generations considered themselves custodians as hereditary Sheriffs of Devon, but of which Bonville now also claimed the office. The Earl laid siege for two months to Powderham, a pro-Bonville stronghold. Lord Bonville attempted to raise the siege and approached from the east, crossing the River Exe, but was unsuccessful and was driven back by the Earl's forces. On 15 December 1455 the Earl of Devon and Lord Bonville met decisively at the Battle of Clyst Heath, where Bonville was defeated and after which, the Earl sacked and pillaged Shute. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is held at the Princeton University Library and is available from the Internet Archive.
Arundel, John Esq 255
Arundel, William Earl of 253
Ayssheton, Nicholas 255
Bedford, Earl of 261
Betty, John 264
Bonville, Sir William Knt 253-61, 263
Bourchier, Archbishop 256
Bourghchier, William Knt 255
Buckingham, Duke of 254
Burleigh, Lord 257
Cobham, Lord 254
Cade, Jack 254
Clement, Thomas 255
Coplestone, John 255
Cotton, W 261
Courtenay badge 254
Courtenay family 256, 262
Courtenay, Henry 256-8
Courtenay, Hugh 256
Courtenay, John 253, 257, 260
Courtenay, Sir Philip 253, 257-8
Courtenay, Thomas Knt 255-7, 259
Courtenay, Earl Thomas 253-264
Courtenay, Earl Thomas (2) 264
Devon, Countess of 264
Devon, Earl of 252-7, 259-65
Doddesham, William 255
Exeter, Henry Duke of 264
Gairdner, James 256
Germyn, Hugh 259, 264
Hamlyn, John 264
Henry V 252
Henry VI 252-3, 256, 259, 263
Hoker, John alias Vowell 263, 265
Holinshed 263
Keys, Master Roger 257-9
Margaret, Queen 253
More, John 264-5
Moyle, Walter 255
Orenge, Richard 263
Radeford, Nicholas 255, 257-8, 264
Russell, Lord 261
Salisbury, Earl of 256
Shakespeare, William 263
Speer, William 265
Stourton, John Knt 255
Tylard, John 265
Vere, Robert Knt 262
Warwick, Earl of 256
Westcote, Thomas gent 263-4
Wiltshire, James Earl of 255
Woolcombe, R S H 261
Worcester, William of 254
York, Duke of 254-7