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Margaret of Anjou, Queen Consort of Henry VI of England

Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI and Queen Consort. ca. XV.

Margaret of Anjou, Queen Consort of Henry VI and mother to Prince Edward of Lancaster

Margaret of Anjou (c.1429-82) wed Henry VI of England at 15. After raising an army to defend herself from the vultures that were gathering now that Henry VI was deemed mentally incompetent, Margaret restyled herself a warrior-queen. She led several victories during the War of the Roses before she & her family escaped to Scotland. In 1462 she went to France to seek help from Louis XI-he gave her re-enforcements. Back in England, things went well until Margaret's only child was slain by Edward VI.

The marriage of King Henry VI of England and Margaret of Anjou

Medallion of Margaret of Anjou by Pietro da Milano. Made in 1463-1464 during Margaret's exile in France.

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.