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John Duke of Bedford (1389-1435), brother of Henry V of England. Married Anne of Burgundy as his first wife, and, as his second spouse, and her first, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, with no issue resulting from either marriage. It was he who caused Joan of Arc to be burned in Rouen as a witch. Jacquetta was the mother of Elizabeth Woodville by her second marriage, making her the grandmother of Elizabeth of York, the consort of Henry VII.
Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress & eventual wife of the great Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Katheryn's life shows us she was an enigmatic & resilient woman who cared for the royal children in the household's of Queen Philippa & Blanche of Lancaster. Upon becoming Duchess, Katheryn became a patron of the arts, & due to her extreme piety, an avid giver to religious houses, orphans & lepers. She was also a loving wife & mother.
Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and his wife, Jaquetta of Luxembourg. They are the parents of Elizabeth Woodville and Prince Arthur's maternal great-grandparents. Richard was a knight in the household of Jacquetta's first husband, the Duke of Bedford, whom she married after the Duke died and had something like 14 children with. Love this story!
Stone marking the original site of the scaffold where Anne Boleyn and others were executed . It reads, "The following persons are known to have been executed on this spot." Looks like Margaret Pole and Kitty Howard made the list too. I believe this place was called 'Tower Green'.
Elizabeth Woodville (1437-1492), queen consort to Edward IV. She bore twelve children, two with her first husband, and ten with Edward. She is the mother of the two missing princes in the tower and the ancestor of every English monarch from Henry VIII on, through her daughter, Elizabeth of York.
Today marks the birthday of Edward, the Black Prince. Born on June 15, 1330, Edward was the eldest son of King Edward III, making him first in line for the throne. He died only one year before his father, and the throne passed to his eldest son who became King Richard II.