Eleanor de Bohun was the daughter of the Earl of Hereford, Essex and Northampton and his wife, Joan, the daughter of the Earl of Arundel. In 1385 she married the Duke of Gloucester, the youngest son of Edward III. They had one son, Humphrey, who died in battle in 1399, and four daughters. It is said that after the death of her son, she spent the rest of her life in a nunnery, hence the simple clothes depicted in this effigy.
Eleanor was buried in the chapel of St Edmund in Westminster Abbey, London. Above her head is the Bohun emblem of a swan. An inscription around the rim (not part of this rubbing) is in French and can be translated as "Here lies Eleanor de Bohun, daughter and co-heir of the honourable knight Sir Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, Essex and Northampton, and Constable of England, wife of the mighty and noble prince Thomas of Woodstock, son of the excellent and mighty prince Edward, King of England, the Third since the Conquest, Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Essex and Buckingham, and Constable of England, who died 3 October in the year of grace 1399".
This monumental brass is considered by many to be one of the finest in the UK.