The infant heiress
Margaret was brought up by her mother with a strong sense of her Beaufort lineage, and the family’s closeness to the ruling House of Lancaster. The Beauforts’ illegitimate origins – and the stigma of her father John Beaufort’s disgrace and suicide after an unsuccessful military campaign in France – demonstrated the mutability of human fortunes. (John Fisher remembered Margaret’s tears at her son’s coronation, motivated by the fear that their fortunes might change once more). It also fuelled a determination to redeem her family’s reputation.