Chroniques d’Enguerrand de Monstrelet: V.11 PDF

Jump to navigation Jump to search For the 4th Duke of Somerset, see Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset. English nobleman and an chroniques d’Enguerrand de Monstrelet: V.11 PDF figure in the Wars of the Roses and in the Hundred Years’ War.


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Edmund Beaufort was the third surviving son of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, and Margaret Holland. Although he was the head of one of the greatest families in England, his inheritance was worth only 300 pounds. By contrast his rival, Richard, Duke of York, had a net worth of 5,800 pounds. His cousin King Henry VI’s efforts to compensate Somerset with offices worth 3,000 pounds only served to offend many of the nobles and as his quarrel with York grew more personal, the dynastic situation got worse. His brothers were taken captive at the Battle of Baugé in 1421, but Edmund was too young at the time to fight.

He acquired much military experience while his brothers were prisoners. In 1427 it is believed that Edmund Beaufort may have embarked on an affair with Catherine of Valois, the widow of Henry V. Evidence is sketchy, however the liaison prompted a parliamentary statute regulating the remarriage of queens of England. Edmund surrenders to Charles VII at Rouen in 1449. Illuminated page from the Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre, Jean de Wavrin. Edmund received the county of Mortain in Normandy on 22 April 1427.