Special Sub-Topic: Plantagenet Consorts
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Henry II?|
Eleanor of Aquitaine. Henry and Eleanor married in secrecy for they knew their Liege Lord Louis VII of France, would forbid the union. Eleanor was eleven years Henry's senior.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Richard I?|
Berengaria of Navarre. Richard was frequently absent during his short marriage and consequently this union produced no offspring.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King John, (*John's second wife*)?|
Isabella of Angouleme. John was very infatuated by his young bride and this marriage caused much furor amoung his nobles because she was already betrothed.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Henry III?|
Eleanor of Provence. Eleanor was a dominant character at court.
|Who were the Royal Consorts of King Edward I?|
Eleanor of Castille and Margaret of France. Edward was very distraught when his first wife passed away, and took a second wife to secure a kind of peace with France.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Edward II?|
Isabella of France. Isabella was a very dissatisfied wife and took a lover named Roger Mortimer. She contributed to Edward's deposal and death and was the power behind her young son's throne.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Edward III?|
Phillipa of Hainult. Theirs was a long and happy marriage that resulted in many children.
|Who were the Royal Consorts of King Richard II?|
Anne of Bohemia and Isabella of France. Both of these wives were children themselves so neither marriage resulted in offspring.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Henry IV?|
Joan of Navarre. Henry's first wife, Mary de Bohun, died several years before Henry became King so she never became a Royal Consort. He then married Joan, the daughter of Charles II, King of Navarre and she was crowned Queen Consort in 1403.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Henry V?|
Katherine of Valois. After her husband's death, Katherine married a Welsh squire named Owen Tudor and had two sons by him named Edmund and Jasper. Edmund and Jasper were very well treated by their half-brother King Henry VI, and were awarded many titles and honours. Katherine of Valois was the great-grandmother of King Henry VIII.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Henry VI?|
Margaret of Anjou. Margaret was a very domineering wife who played a large part in the Wars of the Roses. After Lancaster's defeat she lived poorly in France.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Edward IV?|
Elizabeth Wydville. Elizabeth and Edward married in the utmost secrecy, and when Edward revealed his marriage because many wanted a marriage alliance with France, many advisors and nobles were very angered by the rise to Queenship of this commoner who brought absolutely no dowry with her.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Edward V?|
This monarch had no consort. Edward V was one of the 'Princes in the Tower' who was declared illegitimate by his uncle, Richard of Gloucester, and he and his brother mysteriously disappeared after Richard's accession.
|Who was the Royal Consort of King Richard III?|
Anne Neville. Anne Neville gave Richard one son who died one year before his father in 1484. Richard entertained the thought of marrying his young niece, Elizabeth of York, after his wife's death but this marriage never came about.
|Henry VII was the first ruler of the Tudor Dynasty and the usurper of the Plantagenet throne. Which Plantagenet heiress did he take as his bride to strengthen his claim to the throne of England?|
Elizabeth of York. Many people thought that Elizabeth should become Queen Regant because she was the eldest daughter of Edward IV. In an act of Parliament, Henry VII declared the issue of Edward's marriage legitimate so he could marry Elizabeth of York. This would have caused problems if the 'Princes in the Tower' had still been alive during Henry's reign.
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