The canny net­worker

BBC History Magazine - - Cover Story -

Mar­garet Beau­fort revered Henry VI, and in her son’s reign at­tempted to get the hap­less king made a saint, but to her credit she was prepared to work with Ed­ward IV. Her mar­riage to Thomas Stan­ley, ste­ward of the royal house­hold, gave her a per­ma­nent place at the York­ist court in the sec­ond half of Ed­ward’s reign.

John Fisher praised Mar­garet’s ac­ces- sibil­ity – “She was of sin­gu­lar eas­i­ness to be spo­ken unto, and full cour­te­ous an­swer she would make to all that came to her” – and her in­ter­est in court pro­to­col be­gan at this time. And the agree­ment of June 1482, by which Ed­ward IV al­lowed the restora­tion of Henry Tu­dor to lands and ti­tles and a mar­riage to one of his daugh­ters, was a re­mark­able tri­umph.

Amanda Hale plays Mar­garet in the TV se­ries The White Queen

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