Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443–1509), Countess of Richmond and Derby

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Margaret married Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond and half brother of Henry VI in 1455. Their son Henry was born in Pembroke Castle in 1457, three months after Tudor's death from the plague. Margaret was deeply involved in the struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster, taking an active part in the insurrections of 1484 and 1485 and planning the marriage of her son to Elizabeth of York. She was determined that Henry would become king. She married twice more, to Sir Henry Stafford and later to Thomas, Lord Stanley, who in 1485 helped her son obtain the throne. She re-founded God's House, Cambridge as Christ's College and has been honoured ever since. She also founded St John's College, Cambridge.

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Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443–1509), Countess of Richmond and Derby






H 88.9 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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purchased, 1875

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