#On This Day

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

#OnThisDay

John of Gaunt was born 6 March 1340. Father of seventeen children, including Henry IV, Elizabeth Duchess of Exeter, Cardinal Henry Beaufort,  John Beaufort, and Philippa of Lancaster who became Queen of Portugal.

John Beaufort was the father of Lady Margaret Beaufort who was the mother of the ‘welsh usurper’ Henry Tudor, or rather Henry VII father of Henry VIII. Margaret was twelve when she married Edmund Tudor in November 1455, but she was soon widowed when Edmund died in captivity in November 1456. Margaret married again in 1458 before again being widowed at the age of twenty-eight. Her fourth and last marriage, in 1472, was to Thomas Stanley. Margaret died in 1509 and her tomb is in Westminster Abbey.

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