Thomas Chamberlain

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When Thomas Chamberlain was born about 1390, in Shirburn, Oxfordshire, England, his father, John Chamberlain, was 32 and his mother, Alice Bensted, was 31. He married Isabel Knyfton in 1415. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died in Shirburn, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

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Thomas Chamberlain
Isabel Knyfton
Marriage: 1415
John Chamberlaine

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    1455 · Wars of the Roses

    Wars of the Roses was a series of English civil wars for control of the throne of England between the royal families House of Lancaster and the House of York. The name of the war was derived as the red rose was the symbol of the Lancastrians and the white rose was the symbol of the Yorks.

    Name Meaning

    English: status name from Old French chambrelain, Norman French cambrelanc, cambrelen(c) ‘chamberlain’ (of ancient Germanic origin, from kamer ‘chamber, room’, Latin camera (see Chambers ) + the diminutive suffix -(l)ing). This was originally the name of an official in charge of the private chambers of his master, but is so widespread in late medieval England that it must sometimes have been used of people of more ordinary status, perhaps as a nickname for an officious or self-important person or for someone who played the role of chamberlain in a folk play, tableau, or ceremony. Compare Chancellor for a possible similar usage.

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