Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
FatherSir Owen (Owain) TUDOR , 4062 (1400-1461)
MotherQueen Catherine of VALOIS , 4066 (1401-1437)
ChildrenHenry , 4067 (1457-1509)
Tudor was born either at Much Hadham Palace in Hertfordshire or at Hadham in Bedfordshire, an older son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois (widow of King Henry V of England). It is not known for certain whether he was born legitimately after his parents were secretly married.
In 1436, his mother retired to the abbey of Bermondsey, where she died in 1437. Therefore he and his brother Jasper were brought up in the care of Catherine de la Pole, abbess of Barking, with whom they remained till 1442. The abbess then brought them to Henry VI's notice, who in turn sent them over as the charges of certain priests to be educated.
When Edmund grew up, Henry kept him at his court. Edmund was knighted on 15 December 1449, summoned to parliament as Earl of Richmond 30 January 1452, and created Earl of Richmond and premier earl on 6 March, acceeding on 23 November, while Jasper was created Earl of Pembroke. In the parliament of 1453 Edmund was formally declared legitimate. Henry made him large grants, particularly in 1454.
In 1452 Lady Margaret Beaufort, the nine-year-old daughter of the Duke of Somerset was summoned to the court of her second cousin, King Henry and, at Bletsoe Castle on 1 November 1455, married to Edmund. She had been, after Somerset's fall, the ward of himself and his brother Jasper conjointly. She was twelve years old at the time of the marriage and became pregnant in the following year.
However, the Wars of the Roses had begun and Edmund (a Lancastrian) was captured by Yorkist partisan William Herbert in mid-1456. Herbert imprisoned him at Carmarthen Castle in South Wales, where he died of the plague on 3 November 1456, and was buried at Carmarthen Grey Friars. His elegy was written by Lewis Glyn Cothi. His remains were at the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 removed to the choir of St David's Cathedral.
Edmund's only child, the future Henry VII, was born at Pembroke Castle, almost three months after his death.

Tomb of Edmund Tudor, St David's Cathedral
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