Traces of Past Empires

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Tomb of Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon

This magnificent tomb of Hugh, 2nd Earl of Devon and his wife Margaret.

Hugh died in 1377 at the age of 73. He was a leading soldier in the service of Edward III in the Hundred Years War.

He fought at Crecy and was a founding member of the Knights of the Garter being the 12 Kinght of the Order. He was also present at the Battle of Neville's cross where Henry Percy defeated King David II of Scotland, and also at the Battle of Poitiers with the Black Prince.

He died at Exeter and was buried in this tomb, his head supported by angels and his feet by a lion, in the Cathedral, which he had helped to finance.

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