Margaret, Countess of Pembroke

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Margaret of England
Countess of Pembroke
Born (1346-07-20)20 July 1346
Died c. 1 October – 25 December 1361 (aged 15)
Spouse John Hastings, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
m. 1359; wid. 1361
Father Edward III of England
Mother Philippa of Hainault

Margaret of England (20 July 1346 – October/December 1361) was a royal princess born in Windsor, the daughter of King Edward III of England and his consort, Philippa of Hainault. Margaret would be the last princess born to a reigning English monarch for over a century, until the birth of Elizabeth of York in 1466.[1] She was also known as Margaret of Windsor.

Marriage

Margaret was the daughter of King Edward III of England and his consort, Philippa of Hainault.[2] She was also known as Margaret of Windsor.[2] Margaret's first marriage prospect was the eldest son of Albert III of Austria but this was ended due to politics at the time. A few years later she was affianced to John of Blois, son of Charles of Blois and rival of John V of Brittany to the Breton throne; however, this engagement was abandoned because her sister Mary was already married to John V.

Margaret was raised with John Hastings, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, son of Laurence Hastings, 1st Earl of Pembroke and his wife Agnes, the daughter of Roger Mortimer (the favourite of Isabella of France). As children they had a close companionship. On 13 May 1359, she became the wife of John Hastings in the same week as her brother John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster married Blanche of Lancaster, in Reading.[3]

Early death

Just two years later, Margaret died, and was buried in Abingdon Abbey. Her exact date, and manner of death, is unknown, though she was last mentioned as living on 1 October 1361.[2]

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ Weir, Alison (2014). Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World. New York: Balantine Books. p. 4. ISBN 9780345521378. 
  2. ^ a b c Weir 2008, p. 115.
  3. ^ Weir 2008, pp. 115, 99–100.
Works cited
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