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Margaret, of Anjou

Margaret, of Anjou

Female 1430 - 1482  (52 years)

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  • Name Margaret  
    Suffix of Anjou 
    Born 23 Mar 1430  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 25 Aug 1482 
    Person ID I1272  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 

    Family King Henry Lancaster, King Henry VI,   b. 6 Dec 1421, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1471, Tower of London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 23 Apr 1445  Titchfield Abbey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Edward Lancaster, of Westminster, Prince of Wales,   b. 13 Oct 1453,   d. 4 May 1471, Tewkesbury Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F572  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Margaret of Anjou (French: Marguerite; 23 March 1430 – 25 August 1482) was the wife of King Henry VI of England. As such, she was Queen of England from 1445 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471. Born in the Duchy of Lorraine, into the House of Valois-Anjou, Margaret was the second eldest daughter of René I of Naples and Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine.

      She was one of the principal figures in the series of dynastic civil wars known as the Wars of the Roses and at times personally led the Lancastrian faction. Due to her husband's frequent bouts of insanity, Margaret ruled the kingdom in his place. It was she who called for a Great Council in May 1455 that excluded the Yorkist faction headed by Richard, Duke of York, and thus provided the spark that ignited a civil conflict that lasted for over thirty years, decimated the old nobility of England, and caused the deaths of thousands of men, including her only son Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.

      Margaret was taken prisoner by the victorious Yorkists after the Lancastrian defeat at Tewkesbury. In 1475, she was ransomed by her cousin, King Louis XI of France. She went to live in France as a poor relation of the French king, and she died there at the age of 52.

      see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_of_Anjou

  • Sources 
    1. [S1870] Wikipedia, (en.wikipedia.org), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VI_of_England.