Margaret of Anjou’s Supposed Lovers

Leaving aside the question of the paternity of Edward of Lancaster (as we’ve seen, there’s no proof that anyone other than Henry VI was the boy’s father), what of the various men that popular historians have romantically linked with Margaret …

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Margaret, the Mother-in-Law From Hell?

I was planning a “Myths About Margaret of Anjou” post, but when I thought about it, I realized that it was shaping up to be a pretty long one! So we’ll take one myth at a time, starting with the …

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Margaret of Anjou’s Coronation

On May 30, 1445, Margaret of Anjou was crowned at Westminster Abbey by John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury. Margaret had turned fifteen just two months before. Henry VI and Margaret had married on April 22, 1445, at Titchfield Abbey. Since …

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Ten Rules for Depicting Margaret of Anjou in Historical Fiction

Although this very blogger has propagated ten rules for writing fiction about Richard III (which, I am pleased to say, continue to be followed), and Kathryn has provided us with her excellent rules for writing about Edward II and Isabella, …

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Margaret of Anjou’s Last Days: Her Dogs and Her Burial

While doing Monday’s post, I wandered inadvertently into a rabbit hole of research and spent pretty much the whole day there. Here’s the result. As I mentioned a few posts ago, Louis XI, who as a condition of ransoming Margaret …

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So What Did Margaret of Anjou Look Like?

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Though contemporaries had a great deal to say about Margaret of Anjou, complimentary and otherwise, scarcely anyone troubled to write about such a mundane detail as her personal appearance. The most detailed description is a secondhand one, which appears in …

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Margaret of Anjou’s Will

Margaret of Anjou’s starkly simple will, executed on August 2, 1482, is a vivid testament to her reduced fortunes at the end of her life. Here’s an excerpt from it, as translated into English by J. J. Bagley in his …

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Speaking of Margaret of Anjou’s Marriage . . .

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My husband found this print in a rare bookstore when we were visiting Richmond, Virginia, last weekend. There were a whole bunch of prints of English royalty in this vein, but, alas, I could only get this one!

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A Happy Anniversary to Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou

On April 22, 1445, fifteen-year-old Margaret of Anjou married twenty-three-year-old Henry VI at Titchfield Abbey. Margaret and Henry had been formally betrothed a year before, on May 24, 1444, at Tours, with William de la Pole, then the Earl of …

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A Letter to Margaret of Anjou

Since some of you found the letter from the Earl of Oxford of interest, here’s one of my favorite letters from the Paston collection. It’s written to Margaret of Anjou on August 30, 1461, by two of her and Henry …

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