Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Question from Jennifer - Margaret Beaufort's vow of celibacy


Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, married twice after the death of Henry's father, Edmund Tudor. Following her third marriage, a political alliance to Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, she is supposed to have taken a formal vow of celibacy and lived apart from her husband. Is there a date available for this vow and subsequent separation?



1 Comments:

Blogger Lara said...

In "The King's Mother" by Jones and Underwood, they say she took the vow at the beginning of 1499 and set up her household at Collyweston. I couldn't find a more precise date though.

They also mention a second vow that she made to John Fisher (I can't remember if he was Bishop yet) in 1504 after Stanley's death.

October 21, 2008 8:41 PM  

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