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Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

(1473-1541), Noblewoman

Sitter associated with 2 portraits
The niece of both Edward IV and Richard III, Margaret Pole was one of the last surviving members of the House of York. A member of Katherine of Aragon's household and later governess to Princess Mary, (later Mary I), Margaret openly supported Katherine and her daughter following Henry VIII's decision to annul his marriage. The Pole family's association with the pro-papal activities of Margaret's son Reginald (later cardinal) eventually led to her attainder and execution for treason. She was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1886.

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