Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond


Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond

Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond ( 1431 – 1 November 1456) was the father of King Henry VII of England.

Tudor was born either at Much Hadham Palace in Hertfordshire or at Hadham in Bedfordshire, an older son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois (former wife of King Henry V of England). It is not known for certain whether he was born legitimately after his parents were secretly married. Whatever the case, his mother died in 1437, but his half-brother King Henry VI recognised him and elevated him as Earl of Richmond in November 1452. Edmund's younger brother, Jasper, was created Earl of Pembroke.

On 1 November 1455, he married Lady Margaret Beaufort, a daughter of the legitimised John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset. She was twelve years old at the time, and became pregnant in the following year. However, during the opening rounds of the Wars of the Roses, Edmund was captured by the Yorkist Herbert family. They imprisoned him at Carmarthen Castle in south Wales, where he caught the plague and died. Henry, his only child, was born at Pembroke Castle, only two months after his death.

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* [http://www.btinternet.com/~timeref/hprt.htm Timeline]
* [http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/TUDOR.htm#Edmund%20TUDOR%20(E.%20Richmond) Tudor history]


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