Jacquetta of Luxumbourg
b.bet 1415 and 1416
d.30 May 1472 Grafton,Engalnd,Northamptonshire,England
m. 20 Apr 1433
m. bet 6 Feb 1435/6 and 23 Mar 1436/7
Facts and Events
Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers (1415/1416 – 30 May 1472) was the eldest daughter of Peter I of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, Conversano and Brienne and his wife Margaret of Baux (Margherita del Balzo of Andria). She was a prominent, though often overlooked, figure in Wars of the Roses. Through her short-lived first marriage to the Duke of Bedford, brother of King Henry V, she was firmly allied to the House of Lancaster. However, following the emphatic Lancastrian defeat at the Battle of Towton she sided closely with the House of York. Three years after the battle and the accession of Edward IV of England, her eldest daughter Elizabeth Woodville married King Edward and became Queen consort of England. Jacquetta bore 14 children (all with her second husband) and withstood a trial at court for witchcraft and although exonerated, the accusation haunted her descendants even after her death.