On this day: 14 August

Posted: August 14, 2011 in Jasper Tudor, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, On this day...


After a failed attempt by Jasper Tudor to relieve the castle in June, Harlech castle surrenders. Two of fifty defenders are beheaded, the rest are released.


Birth of Margaret, daughter of George duke of Clarence and his duchess Isobel Nevill.

Margaret was born at Farleigh Hungerford castle in Somerset. During the reign of Richard III, Margaret and her brother, Edward, lived at Sheriff Hutton in Yorkshire.

In c1487, she married sir Richard Pole, a cousin of Henry VII. The couple had five children. Her husband died in 1504 and it wasn’t until 1512 that she succeeded in getting control of her inheritance, her grandfather Warwick’s estate.

She was twice lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon and was appointed governess to the princess Mary in 1520. Her relationship with Henry VIII seems to have been somewhat volatile, and it would appear that the countess felt a great sense of loyalty to Catherine and her daughter.

In the 1530s, the countess’s sons fell out of favour with the king and their mother was caught up in their troubles. She was executed on 27 May 1541, after two and a half years in the Tower, protesting her innocence to the last and refusing to co-operate with the executioner.

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