Biography of Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset

Timeline

In 1406 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset was born to John Beaufort 1st Marquess Somerset, 1st Marquess Dorset and Margaret Holland Duchess Clarence.

Parliament Passes a Bill to Prevent Catherine of Valois Marrying

In 1428 Parliament Passes a Bill to Prevent Catherine of Valois Marrying without the consent of the King. The Bill appears to be in response to rumours that Catherine of Valois Queen Consort England and Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset were having an affair, and were planning to marry.

Birth of Edmund Tudor

On 11 Jun 1430 Edmund Tudor 1st Earl Richmond was born to Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois Queen Consort England at Much Hadham Palace (which belonged to the Bishops of London). There is speculation that the biological father was Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset with whom Catherine of Valois Queen Consort England was rumoured to have had an affair. Interesting, perhaps, that he was named Edmund rather than Owen. Interesting that he took the Royal Arms of England differenced. Also interesting that his younger brother was named Jasper; a Persian name meaning 'Keeper of the Treasure. '.

Around 1432 Eleanor Beaufort Countess Ormonde was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

In 1433 Joan Beaufort Baroness Howth was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

In 1435 Anne Beaufort was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

In 1435 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset were married.

In 1436 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset was appointed 150th Knight Garter: Henry VI.

On 26 Jan 1436 Henry Beaufort 3rd Duke Somerset was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

Around 1437 Margaret Beaufort was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

In 1439 Edmund Beaufort 4th Duke Somerset was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

In 1441 John Beaufort was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

In 1442 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset was created 1st Marquess Dorset (2C 1442), 1st Earl Dorset (3C 1442). Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset by marriage Marchioness Dorset (2C 1442).

In 1442 Thomas Beaufort was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

In 1443 Elizabeth Beaufort was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

On 27 May 1444 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset succeeded 4th Earl Somerset (2C 1397). Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset by marriage Countess Somerset (2C 1397).

Treaty of Tours

On 28 May 1444 the Treaty of Tours was concluded. The terms included the marriage of Henry VI King England, II King France and Margaret of Anjou in return for which England ceded the strategically important French County of Maine to France; she brought no dowry. The Treaty was negotiated by William de la Pole Duke of Suffolk. The cessation of Maine subsequently came as something of surprise to Edmund Beaufort Earl Somerset who was its Governor. He, Somerset, was offered the Governorship of Normandy instead leading to a further rift between Somerset and Richard Duke of York who had already been offered Normandy. These seeds of the Wars of the Roses were falling on fertile ground.

Warwick Succeeds

On 03 Jan 1448 Anne Beauchamp 15th Countess Warwick died at Ewelme aged four whilst in the care of Alice Chaucer Duchess Suffolk. After a prolonged legal dispute between her three half-aunts, and her full aunt, the courts decided her full aunt Anne Beauchamp should succeed; Anne Beauchamp succeeded as 16th Countess Warwick. Her husband Richard Neville became jure uxoris 16th Earl Warwick (1C 1088); the first step on his journey to becoming Kingmaker. The decision of the court was not subscribed to by Edmund Beaufort Earl Somerset who was married to Anne's half-sister Eleanor; he wanted his share of the considerable Beauchamp inheritance. .

On Mar 1448 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset succeeded 2nd Duke Somerset (2C 1448). Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset by marriage Duchess Somerset (2C 1448).

On Oct 1453 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset was imprisoned by Richard 3rd Duke York Prince Wales at Tower of London.

Birth of Edward of Westminster

On 13 Oct 1453 Edward Lancaster Prince Wales was born to Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou at Westminster Palace. When Henry VI King England, II King France recovered from his catatonic state, he greeted the child as a 'miracle'. There is some speculation as the child's actual father since Henry VI King England, II King France and Margaret of Anjou Queen Consort England had been married for eight years before the child was born. Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset was suggested at the time. .

On Jan 1455 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset was released by Henry VI King England, II King France.

On Jan 1455 Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset was appointed as Captain Calais.

First Battle of St Albans

On 22 May 1455 the Wars of the Roses commenced with the First Battle of St Albans. Richard 3rd Duke York Prince Wales commanded with Richard "Kingmaker" Neville 16th Earl Warwick, 6th Earl Salisbury, Richard Neville 5th Earl Salisbury, Edward Brooke 6th Baron Cobham and Walter Strickland.
The Lancastrians Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset, Henry Percy 2nd Earl Northumberland, William Cotton, Thomas Clifford 8th Baron Clifford and Richard Fortescue were killed. Humphrey Stafford 1st Duke Buckingham was wounded and captured. Henry VI King England, II King France, John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley and Edmund Dudley were captured. Henry Beaufort 3rd Duke Somerset was wounded. James Butler 1st Earl Wiltshire, 5th Earl Ormonde and John Wenlock 1st Baron Wenlock both fought.

Mary Beaufort was born to Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp Duchess Somerset.

Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset.

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Anjou aka Plantagenet

Maternal Family Tree: Aoife NI Diarmait Macmurrough Countess Pembroke, Countess Buckingham

Descendants Family Trees:

Edward "Longshanks" I King England

Edward III King England

Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 17 Grand Son of Aethelwulf King Wessex

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 8 Grand Son of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 14 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg, King Deheubarth

Kings Powys: Great x 9 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys

Kings England: Great Grand Son of Edward III King England

Kings Scotland: Great x 9 Grand Son of Malcolm III King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 7 Grand Son of Louis VII King Franks

Kings France: Great x 3 Grand Son of Philip "Fair" IV King France

Ancestry

Father: John Beaufort 1st Marquess Somerset, 1st Marquess Dorset Grandson Edward III King England

GrandFather: John of Gaunt 1st Duke Lancaster Son Edward III King England

Great GrandFather: Edward III King England Son Edward II King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Edward II King England Son Edward "Longshanks" I King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Edward "Longshanks" I King England Son Henry III King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Eleanor of Castile Queen Consort England Great x 2 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 2 GrandMother: Isabella Capet Queen Consort England Great x 4 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Philip "Fair" IV King France Great x 3 Grandson Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Joan Blois I Queen Navarre Great x 3 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great GrandMother: Philippa Hainault Queen Consort England Great x 5 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: William Hainault I Count Hainault, III Count Avesnes, III Count Holland, II Count Zeeland Great x 4 Grandson Stephen I King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: John Hainault II Count Hainault, II Count Holland Great x 3 Grandson Stephen I King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Philippa Luxembourg Count Hainault, Count Holland Great x 5 Granddaughter William "Conqueror" I King England

Great x 2 GrandMother: Joan Valois Count Zeeland, Count Holland, Count Avesnes, Count Hainault Great x 4 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Charles Valois I Count Valois Great x 3 Grandson Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margaret Capet Count Valois Great x 3 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

GrandMother: Katherine Roet Duchess Lancaster

Great GrandFather: Giles "Payne" Roet

Mother: Margaret Holland Duchess Clarence Great x 2 Granddaughter Edward "Longshanks" I King England

GrandFather: Thomas Holland 2nd Earl Kent Great Grandson Edward "Longshanks" I King England

Great GrandFather: Thomas Holland 1st Earl Kent Great x 4 Grandson Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Robert Holland 1st Baron Holand

Great x 3 GrandFather: Robert de Holand of Upholland

Great x 2 GrandMother: Maud Zouche Baroness Holand Great x 3 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Alan Zouche 1st Baron Zouche Ashby Great x 2 Grandson Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Eleanor Segrave

Great GrandMother: Joan "Fair Maid of Kent" Plantagenet Princess Wales Granddaughter Edward "Longshanks" I King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Edmund Plantagenet 1st Earl Kent Son Edward "Longshanks" I King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Edward "Longshanks" I King England Son Henry III King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margaret Capet Count Blois Great x 3 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 2 GrandMother: Margaret Wake Countess Kent Great x 3 Granddaughter John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: John Wake 1st Baron Wake Liddell Great x 2 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Joan Fiennes Baroness Wake Liddell Great x 4 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

GrandMother: Alice Fitzalan Countess Kent Great x 2 Granddaughter Henry III King England

Great GrandFather: Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl Arundel, 8th Earl Surrey Great x 5 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Edmund Fitzalan 9th Earl Arundel Great x 4 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Richard Fitzalan 8th Earl Arundel Great x 3 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Alice Saluzzo Countess Arundel

Great x 2 GrandMother: Alice Warenne Countess Arundel

Great x 3 GrandFather: William Warenne

Great x 3 GrandMother: Joan Vere

Great GrandMother: Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey Great Granddaughter Henry III King England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl Leicester, 3rd Earl Lancaster Grandson Henry III King England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Edmund Crouchback Plantagenet 1st Earl Leicester, 1st Earl Lancaster Son Henry III King England

Great x 3 GrandMother: Blanche Capet Queen Navarre Great x 2 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England

Great x 2 GrandMother: Maud Chaworth

Great x 3 GrandFather: Patrick Chaworth

Great x 3 GrandMother: Isabella Beauchamp Baroness Monthermer