||Margaret (Beaufort) Stanley was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.|
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Paternally, Margaret Beaufort was the great-grand-daughter of John of Gaunt and Katheryn Swynford; by right of primogeniture she was the first in line of the Beaufort family, being the only legitimate child of the eldest son of the eldest son. But her main claim to fame is through her son by her second marriage, Henry Tudor.
Henry's father Edmond Tudor, was the son of Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudor. After he won at the Battle of Bosworth Field, and became Henry VII, king of England. ... Margaret was at her own height of power. And today, her blood continues to course through the veins of English monarchs.
(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) In 1472 Margaret made a will instructing her burial at Bourne Priory in Lincolnshire, together with the translated remains of her husband Edmund Tudor (d.1456), and made provision for their tombs. Bourne was an Augustinian house located in the Holland manor inherited from her paternal grandmother, Margaret Holland, and the burial place of her great-grandfather, Thomas Holland, Earl of Kent (d.1397). The translation of Edmund Tudor's remains was not carried out; following the accession of Henry VII in 1485 Margaret's burial plans became more ambitious. In 1496 Henry VII began the rebuilding of the Chapel of St. Edward at Windsor to house his tomb and the shrine of his uncle, Henry VI. The following year Margaret proposed the foundation of her own Windsor chantry. In 1498 the Privy Council granted a petition for Henry VI's remains to be moved to Westminster Abbey. The following year Margaret cancelled her Windsor chantry, and had its endowments transferred to Westminster. Margaret had been granted a daily mass in the Confessor's Chapel in 1496, and in 1506 she founded a chantry in Henry VII's new chapel for herself, her husbands, parents and ancestors, her daughter-in-law Elizabeth of York, and Elizabeth's deceased issue.
Elizabeth Beaufort died at Westminster on 29 June 1509, and on 9 July was buried in Henry VII's new chapel as instructed by her will made the previous year. The are no records of the funeral, although the abbey was still in possession of Margaret's black hearse cloth with cross of gold in 1536. The contract for commissioning her tomb was dated 23 November 1511 and detailed her effigy and tomb-chest. The tomb-chest and effigy must have been completed by December 1526, but payments for other works associated with the tomb were being made as late as 1529. Margaret Beaufort's tomb stands in the south aisle of the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster. With the exception of the effigy-plate, it has survived intact. Margaret's effigy shows her wearing a pedimented hood and wimple, with long mantle and hands clasped in prayer. Her status as the mother of a king was denoted by a coronet, since lost. The figure is almost certainly a portrait, probably modeled from a death mask, like the effigy of Henry VII.
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