Hubert De Burgh


 

Hubert de Burgh, noted for his prowess in defending against sieges, was commander of Dover Castle and its garrison when Prince Louis of France attacked in 1216.

 

National Affiliation: England
Occupation: Earl of Kent, Military Commander
Allies: King John I, King Henry III
Enemies: Prince Louis, King Philip II
Castles: Dover Castle
Personality: Patient, Shrewd, Honorable, Loyal

King John favored few men as much as Hubert de Burgh. The soldier began life as a minor official in the future king’s household before rising to the role of Chamberlain. He retained this position when John became king, in which position he advised his lord to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.

Hubert de Burgh was castellan, sheriff, and constable of a number of castles in both England and France. His yearlong defense of Chinon in the latter country in the face of overwhelming opposition won him renewed favor when he was released from French captivity in 1207. His actions and reputations made him the logical choice to rule as Regent during the early years of Henry III, John’s son.

De Burgh, noted for his prowess in defending against sieges, was commander of Dover Castle and its garrison when Prince Louis of France attacked in 1216.