Lady Margaret Beaufort, The King’s Mother

I recommend my fellow English royal history aficionados to read this well-written and informative article on another of my favorite historical figures, Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby. 🙂

The Freelance History Writer

Lady Margaret Beaufort at Prayer from the National Portrait Gallery (Image in the public domain) Lady Margaret Beaufort at Prayer from the National Portrait Gallery (Image in the public domain)

Lady Margaret Beaufort was the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty of Kings in England. Her life was greatly influenced by the turning of the Wheel of Fortune. That she managed to survive the vagaries of the War of Roses in England is something at which to be marveled. We have the memories of her confessor, John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester and Margaret gave him permission to share these memories after her death. Fisher saw the emotional Margaret but most people saw the steely, self-controlled Margaret of politics. She had great presence and a forceful personality. She was skilled and effective and could be ruthless.

Margaret was born on May 31, 1443 at Bletso in Bedfordshire. She was the daughter of John, Earl of Somerset. Somerset was a grandson of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster…

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