HENRY VI, KING OF ENGLAND

BORN: 6 DECEMBER 1421
MURDERED: 21 MAY 1471

Portrait of Henry VI by an unknown artist
Thought to be a c. 1540 copy of a 15th century painting
NPG London

Son of Henry V and Katherine of Valois who succeeded his father to the English throne at 9 months old and the French throne at less than 11 months. Married Margaret of Anjou. His illness that left him incapacitated helped to inflame tensions between the Lancastrians and Yorkists. He was imprisoned a few times during the Wars of the Roses and was eventually murdered in the Tower of London.