Undressed funeral effigy of Catherine de Valois, Queen of England. Henry V's queen died in 1437. Her grandson King Henry VII made major alterations to Westminster Abbey, which involved moving her embalmed body. She was placed in a crude coffin constructed of flimsy boards, and was left above ground. Catherine remained a public spectacle in the Abbey for over 200 years.
Effigy of Catherine de Valois in Westminster Abbey. Catherine was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey on 23 February 1421. The couple spent the spring on progress so that the English could see their new queen. By the time Henry left for France once more, Catherine was pregnant. She gave birth to a son on 6 December. In May 1422 she left her son in England to join her husband in France. Within a few months, though, Henry had died of dysentery, leaving Catherine a 21 year old widow.
Catherine of Valois (27 Oct 1401 – 3 Jan 1437) Wife of Henry V, King of England. She was buried in the old Lady chapel at Westminster Abbey, London and when Henry VII moved his grandmother's body and it was placed above ground in an open coffin of loose boards near Henry V, where it remained for nearly 200 years. The body was eventually buried in 1778 and a century later Dean Stanley removed her remains for permanent burial under the altar in Henry V's chantry.
MARGARET OF ANJOU (b.1430-d.1482). QUEEN CONSORT OF HENRY VI from 23rd April, 1445 until her husband's (supposed) date of death, the 21st of May, 1471. HOUSE OF LANCASTER. PICTURE: This medal of Margaret of Anjou could very well be our most accurate contemporary likeness of her. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Owen Tudor, second husband of Katherine of Valois, widow of Henry V; father of Edmund Tudor; grandfather of Henry VII; great-grandfather of Henry VIII
The marriage of Catherine of Valois and Henry V in 1420.