Person:Margaret Beaufort (32)

Lady Margaret Beaufort
m. 1439
  1. Lady Margaret Beaufort1443 - 1509
m. 1449
m. 1 Nov 1455
  1. King Henry VII of England1457 - 1509
m. Bef 1464
m. Bef Nov 1482
  1. Humphrey Stanley
Facts and Events
Name Lady Margaret Beaufort
Gender Female
Birth[1] 31 May 1443 Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, EnglandBletsoe Castle House of Beaufort
Marriage 1449 to John de la Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk
Annulment 1452 from John de la Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk
Marriage 1 Nov 1455 Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, EnglandBletsoe Castle
to Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond
Marriage Bef 1464 to Sir Henry Stafford
Marriage Bef Nov 1482 Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, Englandto Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby
Will[4] 6 Jun 1508
Death[1] 29 Jun 1509 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, EnglandIn the Deanery
Burial[1] 1509 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England
Probate[4] 17 Oct 1512 Lambeth, Surrey, England
Reference Number? Q229202?

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Lady Margaret Beaufort (usually pronounced: or  ; 31 May 1441/43 – 29 June 1509) was a major figure in the Wars of the Roses of the late fifteenth century, and mother of King Henry VII of England, the first Tudor monarch.

A descendant of King Edward III, Lady Margaret passed a disputed claim to the English throne to her son, Henry Tudor. Capitalising on the political upheaval of the period, she actively manoeuvred to secure the crown for her son. Beaufort's efforts ultimately culminated in Henry's decisive victory over King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. She was thus instrumental in orchestrating the rise to power of the Tudor dynasty. With her son crowned Henry VII, Lady Margaret wielded a considerable degree of political influence and personal autonomy – both unusual for a woman of her time. She was also a major patron and cultural benefactor during her son's reign, initiating an era of extensive Tudor patronage.

She is credited with the establishment of two prominent Cambridge colleges, founding Christ's College in 1505 and beginning the development of St John's College, which was completed posthumously by her executors in 1511. Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, the first Oxford college to admit women, is named after her.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lady Margaret Beaufort, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   MARGARET Beaufort (Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire 31 May 1443-Abbot’s House, Cheyney Gates, Westminster Abbey 29 Jun 1509, bur Westminster Abbey), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  3.   Lady Margaret Beaufort, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nichols, John. A collection of all the wills, now known to be extant, of the kings and queens of England, princes and princessess of Wales, and every branch of the blood royal: from the reign of William the Conqueror to that of Henry the Seventh, exclusive, with explanatory notes and a glossary. (London: J. Nichols, 1780)
    pages 356 to 403.

    The will can be read here.