The rebels’ ring­leader

BBC History Magazine - - Cover Story -

The Tu­dor his­to­rian Poly­dore Vergil gives a strik­ing por­trait of Mar­garet’s role in the re­bel­lion against Richard III in the au­tumn of 1483. Vergil re­lated how Mar­garet sent her physi­cian, Lewis Caer­leon, into the sanc­tu­ary at West­min­ster Abbey, to plot with El­iz­a­beth Woodville. She also opened dis­cus­sions with the Duke of Buck­ing­ham through John Mor­ton and her trusted ser­vant Regi­nald Bray. Mean­while, money was also sent to Henry Tu­dor in Brit­tany.

Mar­garet’s role may have been a lit­tle less all- en­com­pass­ing than Vergil claimed, but the broad tenor of his ac­count is con­firmed by Richard III’s own act of par­lia­ment against her.

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