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    Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England

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    Margaret of Anjou (French: Marguerite d'Anjou) (23 March 1430 – 25 August 1482) was the wife of King Henry VI of England. As such, she was Queen consort of England from 1445 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471. She also claimed to be Queen consort of France from 1445 to 1453. Born in the Duchy of Lorraine, into the House of Valois-Anjou, Margaret was the second eldest daughter of René I of Naples and Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine.

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Margaret of Anjou (c.1429-82) was the daughter of Rene of Anjou & Isabella of Lorraine. Because of her vast inheritance, Margaret was a much sought-after bride. In 1444 she wed Henry VI of England by proxy. In 1445 she wed him in person aged 15. In 1453 her only child, Edward was born while her husband simultaneously suffered his 1st mental collapse. Margaret took over the government & got Henry to dissolve Parliament. She raised an army to overcome those who were threatening her power.