Henry of Richmond was the acknowledged representative and heir of the Lancastrian royal house, through his mother, the Lady Margaret, the undoubted heiress of John of Gaunt. In fifteenth-century circumstances, the circumstances exposed in this book, a woman could hardly have been advanced as standard-bearer of a party—the example of Margaret of Anjou had not been propitious —much less as queen regnant to the throne. The Lady Margaret seems to have recognised this and contented herself with doing all she could for her son—she had an able, politic, Beaufort head as well as a pious Lancastrian heart.


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