Sunday, October 05, 2008

Question from Brian W. - Isabella Beaufort

The other day I was reading English Medieval Monasteries 1066-1540 by Roy Midmer and came across the following under Marrick Priory Yorkshire.

'In 1536 the rich and beautiful girl, Isabella Beaufort, whom Henry VIII had tried to marry, is said to have obtained sanctuary here for almost 4 years until the house surrendered.'

As far as I know the last two male Beauforts died at Tewkesbury (1471)and even if one had a legitimate daughter (which I doubt) she would not be a 'girl' in 1536.

Did Isabella exist? If so, who was her father? Any info welcome as this is puzzling me!

Thanks, Brian W


Anonymous PhD Historian said...

From what I have been able to discover, Edmund Beaufort (d. 1455), 1st Duke of Soemrset, did indeed have a daughter named Isabella, though she apparently died in 1453 and thus is not the Isabella Beaufort referred to by your source. And of course the Beaufort male line became extinct in 1471 following the Battle of Tewkesbury.

I do not find any credible reference (after an admittedly brief search) to an Isabella Beaufort at the court of Henry VIII, but if one existed, she must have been descended from some distant collateral Beaufort line, rather than from "the" Beauforts that included the two Edmunds, dukes of Somerset.

October 05, 2008 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

This story shows up in Curious Tales of Old Yorkshire too. But I'm dubious as to what the contemporary account would have been. I'd like to see a more authoritative source for this.

October 05, 2008 5:40 PM  
Blogger Max G. said...

The North East Folk singing group 'Fourum' present an interesting song concerning Isabella Beaufort andher escape from the attentions of Henry VIII

April 20, 2009 5:35 PM  

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