3 Generations: Plantagenet Women

3 Generations: Margaret Pole, Ursula Pole & Dorothy Stafford                     Ursula Pole Stafford - viaTudor Chronicles: Ursula Pole was born in 1504 and was the only daughter of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury and Sir Richard Pole. Making Ursula the granddaughter of the Duke of Clarence and therefore had a claim to the English throne. Sir Richard Pole died when Ursul [More]

Who was Princess Mary of York?

On 11 August 1467 Princess Mary was born at Windsor Castle. She was the second child/daughter of Edward lV and his queen consort, Elizabeth Woodville. She was the younger sister of Elizabeth of York who later became queen to Henry Vll. Excerpt from:History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham The Children Who Predeceased Edward IV In 1481, Mary, apparently no longer needed as a stand-in for her older sisters engagement, was proposed as a bride for Frederick I of Denmar [More]

Did Queen Anne Neville Have An Uncle Who Was King?

  While searching for images of the Duke of Clarence I came across this image from the National Portrait Gallery, London. I had never heard of Henry, Duke of Warwick and became intrigued. Who was he and why is he portrayed with the Kingmaker, his family and the Duke of Clarence in this etching? From what I can tell, Henry was brother to Anne (Beauchamp) Neville. They were children of Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, and Isabel le Despenser. Anne wo [More]

Did Elizabeth of York Want to Marry Her Uncle Richard lll?

To continue on the theme of Richard lll and his niece, Elizabeth of York - Were they planning to marry in the event of the death of the queen?     Here are a couple excerpts from, Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses, by Sarah Gristwood. Sir George Buck, who in 1619 wrote, History of King Richard the Third says that he took this quote from a piece of a letter which Elizabeth of York wrote to her uncle, John Howard, Duke o [More]

Richard lll’s Family Tragedies

Excerpt from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain by Charles Phillips: The following year King Richard's 11 year-old son and only child, Edward, Prince of Wales died. Richard and his queen, Anne, were maddened with grief. The prospect of a Yorkist inheritance, so dear to Richard's heart, began to look extremely vulnerable and when, in March 1485, Queen Anne died after a prolonged illness, rumours circulated that Richard had had her killed so that he could bolster [More]

This Day in History: 10 July

Events on this Day: 1460 - Wars of Roses: Richard of York defeats King Henry VI at Northampton 1520 - King Charles V France & King Henry VIII of England sign treaty of Calais 1553 - Jane Grey declared queen of England 1746 - Bonnie Prince Charlie flees in disguise to Isle of Skye Births: 1452 - King James III of Scotland (d. 1488) 1711 - Princess Amelia Sophia of Great Britain (d. 1783) Deaths: 1480 - King Ren I of Naples (b. 1410) last heir of house of A [More]

On this Day: 3 July 1468 – Margaret of York Married Charles the Bold

On this day in 1468 Margaret of York, sister to both Edward lV and Richard lll, married Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. Margaret was the great-aunt of Henry VIII and his siblings. Henry was twelve years old when she died and most likely never met her since she helped to promote the pretender, Perkin Warbeck. To learn more about Margaret of York please check out this blog from Susan at The Freelance History Writer - Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy.  

What happened to the children of George, Duke of Clarence & Isabel Neville?

Margaret Plantagenet was the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence and his wife Lady Isabel Neville. By 1478 both parents had died - Margaret was four years old and her brother Edward was almost three. Her Uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, was now King of England as Richard lll, and their Aunt, Anne Neville as queen consort. Margaret and her brother Edward were raised by Richard and Anne. Anne was a sister to Isabel and Richard a brother to the Duke of Clarence. In 14 [More]

This Day in History: 26 June

1460 - Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, and Edward, Earl of March, land in England with a rebel army and march on London                 1483 - Duke of Gloucester appoints himself King Richard III of England                 1498 - Toothbrush invented on this day 1575 - Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway [More]

This Day in History: 25 June

1529 - Katherine of Aragon was found in contempt of the court of Blackfriars for not attending                 Famous Births 25 June: 1242 - Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittanny (d. 1275) 1328 - William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (d. 1397) 1373 - Joanna II, Queen of Naples (1414-35) Famous Deaths, 25 June: 1483 - Edward V, king of England (Apr 9-Jun 25, [More]