Sir Bernard Brocas
was the son of Sir John Brocas, the Master of the Horse to King Edward
He lived at
Clewer Brocas Manor, near Windsor, in the 14th
He was the same age
as the King's eldest son, the Black Prince, and the two grew up at
Bernard fought the
French alongside the Prince at the Battles of Crecy and Poitiers, and in the
Castilian Civil War at
Najara in Spain. He was a great soldier. It is said that he killed the King of
Morocco in battle.
While he was away
fighting, his wife had a baby with someone else. She said she thought Bernard
was dead. He divorced her when he got home.
Bernard became good
friends with William of Wykeham who rebuilt Windsor Castle for King Edward.
Bernard probably helped him.
He also helped the
Black Prince rule Gascony in Aquitaine, which was where his father came from.
An old story tells
how the Black Prince encouraged Bernard to try and marry Princess
'Fair Maid of Kent'. But when the Prince went to talk to her about it, she
told him that she loved him and not Bernard. So the two were married and the
Black Prince had to find Bernard someone else to marry instead.
One of his squires
was probably his sister's step-son, John Golafre. He later became best friends
with the Black Prince's son who became King Richard
II. Another of his sisters
was married to his friend, Sir John Foxley.
Bernard must have
missed the Prince after his death. He looked after the King's horses after his
father's death. Then he ran the new Queen's household for her.
The Brocas Field in
Eton, near Windsor, is named after him.