|Born: about 1330
Married: Katherine Wingfield (Wi19) daughter of Sir John Wingfield
|His father was a wool merchant from Hull who became a key figure during the reign of Edward III: after the collapse of the Bardi and Peruzzi families, he emerged as Edward's chief financier.|
|and had issue:
(Po18) Anne de la Pole
(Po18-2) Michael (II) de la Pole m. Katherine Stafford, daughter of Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl Stafford
Po18-3) William de la Pole dsp 1390
(Po18-4) Richard de la Pole (1377/8 - dsp 1403)
?Katherine de la Pole
(Po18-5) Sir Thomas de la Pole, married Anne Cheney and had Thomas and Katherine de la Pole.
|Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl of Suffolk
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Michael de la Pole enjoyed even greater popularity at court than his father, becoming one of the most trusted and intimate friends of Edward's successor, Richard II. He was appointed Chancellor in 1383, and created Earl of Suffolk in 1385, the first of his family to hold any such title. However, in the late 1380s his fortunes radically altered, in step with those of the king. During the Wonderful Parliament of 1386 he was impeached on charges of embezzlement and negligence, a victim of increasing tensions between Parliament and Richard.
Even after this disgrace, he remained in royal favour, although soon fell foul of the Lords Appellant. He was one of a number of Richard's associates accused of treason by the Appellants in November 1387. After the Appellants' victory at Radcot Bridge (December 1387) and before the so-called Merciless Parliament met in February 1388, De La Pole shrewdly fled to Paris, thus escaping the fate of Sir Nicholas Brembre and Chief Justice Robert Trefilian. He remained in France for the remainder of his life. Sentenced in his absence, his title was stripped from him.
Jean Froissart's references to de la Pole in the Chroniques (II.173) portray a devious and ineffectual counsellor, who dissuaded Richard from pursuing a certain victory against French and Scottish forces in Cumberland, and fomented undue suspicion of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster.
De la Pole's descendants were key players in the political life of the next two centuries:
His son Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk was a supporter of Henry
IV and opponent of Richard. He regained his father's title on Henry's accession
in 1399, and died at the Siege of Harfleur.