Lady Margaret Beaufort - Sculptress of the Tudor Dynasty

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A brief look at the woman that sculpted the Tudor dynasty. A woman that took any lengths to ensure that her only son became King of England in a time of huge quarrel, wars and deceit.

Early Life

Margaret Beaufort was born in 1441 in Bedfordshire to John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset and Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso. She was the only child the couple were to have, as shortly after her birth, The Duke of Somerset died. It is disputed as to how her died as there are many scholars that agree that he committed suicide, brining shame on the Beaufort name.

Margaret's first marriage was to John De La Pole but was short lived because they were too closely related and she was under the age of twelve. King Henry VI placed Margaret under the wardship of his half brothers, Jasper and Edmund Tudor.

First real marriage

Margaret claims that her first true marriage was to Edmund Tudor, not accepting her marriage to De la Pole as true. It was with Edmund that Margaret conceived her one and only child and the future king Henry VII.

Edmund died three months after the birth of his son while being held captive by Yorkist partisans. The responsibility of caring for the would be King was given to his brother, Jasper. It was Jasper that played a vital role in the care, education and ultimately accession to throne of Henry.

Second Marriage

After her year of mourning, Margaret was once again married, this time to Henry Stafford. This was a marriage of comfort for Margaret and saw her maintain an almost aristocratic lifestyle, it was the income from her lands that allowed this.

Stafford infuriated Margaret as he was, like Hamlet, a great procrastinator. He disliked war and conflict. It was ultimately this that was his downfall, after a particularly bad sword wound, Stafford was bed ridden and eventually died of the plague.

Margaret was widowed once again.

Final Marriage

Margarets final marriage, to Thomas Stanley, was both her longest and in some terms her most lucrative. From the beginning, Margaret took a vow of chastity and never consummated the marriage between the two.

It is widely acknowledged that their marriage was on of convenience and that they were both purely interested in their own ends. Margaret to put her son on the throne and Stanley to increase his own wealth and status.

It was while Margaret was married to Stanley that Henry VII came out of exile and claimed his right to the throne. Margaret lived comfortably again, having amassed more land and wealth through her various widowships.

Henry VII

While Margaret was married to Stanley, she was able to lay the plans to ascend her son to the Throne. Not only were they well placed in London but they were also in a very favourable position in the KIng's court. Margaret became excellent in the art of deceit and charmed her way through various courts.

It was ultimately Stanley that placed the crown on Henrys head at his coronation. Though they were still married, Margaret took another vow of chastity and the marriage between the two all but dissolved. Margaret had achieved what she had planned all her life and had made her son King of England.


Death, England, Henry Vii, History, King, Lancaster, Tudor, University Of Cambridge, War Of The Roses, York

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author avatar Denise O
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Great information on the tudor dynasty. very interesting. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Russell croker
11th Aug 2011 (#)

would like known more about margaret beaufort who was born in 1441

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