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27 MAY 1541

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Margaret Pole is executed at the Tower of London.  Margaret was the daughter of George, duke of Clarence, and thus Richard III’s niece.

She was born on 14 August 1473 at Farleigh Castle, Somerset.  She lost her mother when she was three years old and her father two years later.  She and her brother Edward were then in the care of her uncles, first Edward IV and then Richard III.  While her brother was executed in 1499, she was married to Sir Richard Pole and they had five children.  She and her children remained steadfast Catholics during the Reformation.  In December 1886, Pope Leo XIII beatified her, her feast day is celebrated on 28 May.

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