BBC History Magazine

The canny networker

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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
Amanda Hale plays Margaret in the TV series The White Queen

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