Women in History. Jacquetta of Luxembourg

Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers(1415/1416 – 30 May 1472) was the elder daughter of Peter I, Count of Saint-Pol, Conversano and Brienne and his wife Margaret de Baux (Margherita del Balzo of Andria).

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She was a relatively long-lived figure in the Wars of the Roses. Through her short-lived first marriage to the Duke of Bedford, brother of King Henry V, she was firmly allied to the House of Lancaster.

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However, following the emphatic Lancastrian defeat at the Battle of Towton she sided closely with the House of York.

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Three years after the battle and the accession of Edward IV of England, her eldest daughter Elizabeth Woodville married the new King to become his Queen Consort.

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Jacquetta bore 14 children (all with her second husband) and withstood a trial or possibly two at court for witchcraft.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacquetta_of_Luxembourg

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