Margaret of Anjou

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the most remarkable queens of the Middle Ages who took control when her husband, Henry VI, was incapable. Margaret of Anjou (1430-1482) wanted Henry to stay in power for the sake of their son, the heir to the throne, and her refusal to back down led to the great dynastic struggle of the Wars of the Roses.

The image above is from the Talbot Shrewsbury Book, showing John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, presenting Margaret with that book on her betrothal to Henry

With

Katherine Lewis

James Ross

and

Joanna Laynesmith

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

2 thoughts on “WAR OF THE ROSES: MARGARET OF ANJOU

  1. Pamela Green

    I’m going to have to come back and listen to the whole thing later. The question of Margaret’s son’s paternity is interesting. She either took a lover, or managed to have sex with Henry VI while he was catatonic. (Huge ewww factor there.) The fact that she’d never gotten pregnant before that makes you wonder if the marriage was never consummated.

    When Henry recovered, he remarked that the child must have been the result of the Holy Ghost!

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