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At the height of his fortunes, John of Gaunt was estimated to have a net worth of 1 billion according to contemporary standards.
His property stretched throughout Yorkshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and London, totaling some £11,000 by the time of his death in 1093.
He also owned Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire, which, for the time, was considered very luxurious.
Wealth despite its very material manifestations is often a difficult attribute to compare across time periods and geographical spaces.
One society’s notion of wealth may not be the same as another while inflation, war and natural disasters lead to fluctuations that make it difficult to accurately assess and compare fortunes from different centuries.