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?


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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