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The Pilgrimage Prisoner
John St. Philibert
lived in the 14th century. He was the son of the English Mayor of Bordeaux in
He got married when
he was only 5 years old! His father died a year later and he was brought up by
his mother. She was the sister-in-law of Sir William
At the age of 19,
John went on a pilgrimage to Italy, probably to Rome. He went with his friend,
Robert Bradeston (from Gloucestershire), and his friend's squire, Walter
The three were
arrested in Pisa and thrown in prison. Robert's father persuaded the King
to do the same to all the Pisan merchants in England until they were released.
This took two years.
Like his father,
lived at Sulham House, near Reading, and
Philberds Manor (also known as Cresswell's Manor) at Holyport, near Maidenhead.
His sister was married to the brother of Sir William
Trussell from Shottesbrooke.
For many years,
John fought the
French alongside the Black Prince. He was
almost certainly at the Battle of Poitiers. The two become friends. The King
liked him too and made him a baron (or lord) in Parliament. He was also a
friend and neighbour of Sir John Foxley.
John sold up his
Berkshire lands in 1352. It is not clear why. He died abroad 6 years later.