The in­fant heiress

BBC History Magazine - - Cover Story -

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.

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