Lady Margaret Beaufort

The daughter and heiress of John, 1st Duke of Somerset, Margaret married Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, in 1455, who died a year later. Their son would, at the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses, become Henry VII. In 1461 Beaufort married Henry Stafford and subsequently Lord Stanley (afterwards the Earl of Derby). She took an active part in the insurrections of 1484 and 1485 and in planning the marriage of her son Henry to Elizabeth of York. The book that she holds is likely to symbolise her piety but may also refer to her patronage. Beaufort instituted the foundations bearing the name of ‘the Lady Margaret’ at both Oxford and Cambridge and was an early patron of Caxton and Wynkyn de Worde.

Lady Margaret Beaufort

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, second half of 16th century

NPG 551; Lady Margaret Beaufort by Unknown artist

 

 

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