On this day: 23 March

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou, On this day..., Yorks first protectorate


Birth of Margaret of Anjou, queen of England. She married Henry VI on 23 April 1445. Their only child, a son Edward, was born 13 October 1453, She died on 25 August 1482.

Susan Higginbotham has written extensively about Margaret, including a novel Queen of Last Hopes.


A delegation of lords, Richard earl of Warwick among them, visit Henry VI at Windsor during his first illness. This is prompted by the sudden death of Cardinal Archbishop Kemp. The king is unresponsive and the delegation returns to Westminster where it is decided that, given the severity of the king’s incapacity, England is in need of a Protector.


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