The rebels’ ringleader
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.
Henry VII entrusted the rule of the Midlands to his mother