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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 1  1858  page 82

Hackington, or St Stephen'sí, Canterbury. Collar of SS. 
By Edward Foss, F.S.A.

Edward III. re-asserted his claim to that kingdom.1 Thus forming one of the retinue of the duke, his assumption of the collar may be at once accounted for.
   2. The next is on the monument of John Gower, in the church of St. Saviour's, Southwark.2 The poet died in 1402, 4 Henry IV. It is more than doubtful whether he was a knight; and the only ground that I can suggest for his being represented with the collar of SS is, that he was in some manner, perhaps as the court poet, attached to the household of the Icing. Of his transferred devotion to Henry IV. we have sufficient evidence in the revision of his ' Confessio Amantis;' from which he excluded all that he had previously said in praise of his patron, Richard II.
   3. Of Sir Thomas Massingberde, who died in 1405, and on whose monument in Gunby church, in Lincolnshire, both he and his lady are represented with the collar,3 I have discovered too little to enable me to state the cause of their wearing it. 
   4. In Bagington Church, Warwickshire, there is a similar instance of a knight and his lady being so ornamented. The monument is that of Sir William and Lady Bagot, and the date 1407. Boutell says that the knight was the first who received this collar from the King.4 Be that as it may, the Patent Rolls contain sufficient to account for both assuming King Henry's livery from gratitude for the restoration of the lands which he had forfeited as an adherent to Richard II.5
   5. Sir John Drayton, whose monument, dated in 1411, is in Dorchester church, - Oxfordshire,6 was not only Keeper of the Royal Swans under Richard II., but was also Serjeant of the King's Pavilions and Tents to Henry IV. Thomas Drayton, who was made Assayer of the
   New Foedera, vol, iii. p. 870.                  Boutell, p. 134, note.
   
3  Boutell's Mon. Brasses of England.     Boutoll's Brasses and Slabs, p. 56.
    5  Cal. Rot. Pat. pp. 236, 243.                      Boutell, Brasses and Slabs, p. 134.

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