There are many people to which, the Tudor dynasty owes it's rise to power and one of those is Margaret Beaufort, mother of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. But, with most characters of that time period, there's misconceptions people have and the real Margaret has become hidden beneath layers of what i like to call, "Misconceptions". That's why i decided to write today's post, to tell the world about the true Margaret Beaufort and hopefully you'll remember next time you decide to read about her.
Here's a list of misconceptions on Lady Margaret along with explanations as to why they are wrong:
Margaret Beaufort was Elizabeth of York's worst nightmare. I have no idea why but people, especially Pro-Yorkists ones, tend to think that Margaret Beaufort was a monster of a mother-in-law to Margaret Beaufort, who took all of Elizabeth's power away from her. This is actually far from the Truth, Margaret let Elizabeth stay in her household once before she married Henry VII (around the time Richard III was king) and Margaret really did hate Elizabeth, why let her stay? Well, if you check the facts Margaret and Elizabeth were actually good friends, and Elizabeth (submissive by nature) was always willing to hear Margaret's advice.
Margaret never loved Edmund Tudor. If you believe this misconception, think about this. if Margaret hated Edmund, why continue to refer to herself as "Countess of Richmond"? Truth is, if you look at the real facts, Margaret was truly in love Edmund, and Edmund, with her. I believe i even read somewhere that Margaret wanted to be buried beside Edmund at one point. Does that sound like the action of a women who hated her husband?
Margaret was an inconsiderate snob. Elizabeth Wydeville fans especially tend to use this as a depiction of Margaret. Actually, Margaret Beaufort was famous for her piety and when Henry VII became king, she spent lots of time, energy, and money in charitable works. She even took in young Edward Stafford (Buckingham's son) into her household as a ward out of kindness. Does this sound like an "inconsiderable snob" to you? I don't think so!
Margaret had a love affair with her brother-in-law, Jasper Tudor. As i explained in my series on Jasper Tudor, Margaret and Jasper did love each other, but not the romantic scene. They always thought of each other as brother and sister, nothing more. And Jasper's education, which was supervised by the ultra-pious Henry VI mind you, would have turned him against such ideas. It impossible to say the least.
There are lots of aspects of Margaret's life that have been misconstrue but these are the main ones you have to watch out for. Margaret Beaufort was truly a remarkable women and one of my personal favourite Tudor characters and hopefully if you thought any of this was true, I've changed your mind.