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Windsor & the War together
During the reign of
King Edward III, Sir John Brocas and Thomas
Foxley were two of the busiest men in England.
Both were about ten
years older than the King.
John Brocas had
grown up with him after his own father had died in battle. The family came
from Gascony in Aquitaine (France) and were expert horsemen. John settled in England and bought
Clewer Brocas Manor, near Windsor.
Thomas Foxley was
the son of an important London judge. The family's country estate
was Foxley Manor at Touchen End in Bray.
For 32 years,
Thomas was the Constable of Windsor Castle.
This means he was in charge of the castle and everything that went on there.
During his time, there was a lot going
on, especially preparation of the
Hundred Years War against France.
At the same time,
John was Master of the King's Horse. This means he was in charge of all the
Royal war horses around the country. He spent lots of time at the Royal stud
farms (horse farms) at Windsor, Swallowfield and Stratfield Mortimer. He also
spent lots of time abroad fighting the French.
The two became good
friends and eventually relatives. Their children grew up together. Thomas'
son fell in love with John's daughter. They secretly got married when
they were only 14. John had other children, including Sir
King Edward could
not have carried on the War without these two men. Later they helped William
of Wykeham rebuild Windsor Castle. Thomas also used the Windsor workmen to built
his own castle at Bramshill in North-East Hampshire.