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Queen Margaret of Anjou

(1430-1482), Queen Consort of Henry VI

Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Margaret was born in the duchy of Lorraine, of the House of Anjou, and she married King Henry VI in 1445. When her husband was captured and threatened with deposition by Richard, Duke of York, Margaret managed to escape, and raised an army in Wales and the north of England. She led the Lancastrian contingent in the Wars of the Roses (1455-87). In 1461, the Lancastrian army was beaten at the Battle of Towton by the Duke of York's son, Edward (later Edward IV), who deposed Henry and proclaimed himself king. Margaret was imprisoned at Wallingford Castle and then in the Tower of London until she was ransomed by the French king in 1475. She returned to France where she remained until her death.

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