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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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the married state. Marlborough Castle appears to have been fier permanent resilience; and here, after a widowhood of ten years, chiefly occupied in the care of her children and the service of religion and charity, she expired on the fourteenth of February, 1318, at the early age of thirty-six. Her property she disposed of principally to charitable purposes by will, in which she named her two sons her joint executors. As a tribute of respect to his honoured step-mother, Edward the Second, immediately after her death, despatched John de llansted to Marlborough with two rich palls* of Lucca cloth to lay over her body ; he then afforded the executors every facility to execute the will, and aided them in the performance of the last sad offices to their departed mother. From Northampton the funeral procession advanced to London, where, after the royal remains had been placed before the high altar of St. Mary Overy, during the performance of a solemn service, it was conveyed to its final restingplace, the church of the Grey Friars, which had been principally founded by Queen Margaret's munificence, and was still unfinished. Here, ere the body was consigned to the tomb, the King caused Bcveral more rich palls of Lucca cloth to be placed over it at his own individual cost. Queen Margaret was buried before the altar, in the choir which she herself had built, of the Grey Friars Church, now Christ's Hospital, London. The splendid monument erected to her memory was destroyed at the Reformation. According to Stowe, it was sold with other tombs, and about seven score grave * These palls were the perquisites of the priest officiating in the church where the body lay when they were placed on it. stones, all of marble or alabaster, for about fifty pounds, by Sir Martin Bowes, M.P., and Lord Mayor in 1546. Margaret left two surviving children, Thomas and Edmund. Thomas was created Earl of Norfolk and Earl Marshal. By his first wife, Alice, daughter of Sir Roger Hayles, of Hardwick, in Suffolk, he had one son, Edward, and two daughters, Margaret and Alice. The heiress of Margaret married John Howard, and thus united in the Howard family the blood of St. Louis of France, and the Plantagenets of England. The second wife of Earl Thomas, Mary, daughter of Lord William Boss, and widow of Sir Ralph Cobham, survived him without issue, and found a third husband in Lord Brerose, of Brember. Margaret's second son, Edmund, attained to the earldom of Kent. He espoused Margaret, daughter of John, and sister and sole heir of Lord Thomas Wakes, of Northampton, who brought him two sons and a daughter. His sons died without issue; his daughter, Joanna, for her beauty called the Fair Maid of Kent, was wed three times. From her first husband, the Earl of Salisbury, she was divorced. By her second husband, Sir Thomas HoUand, she had issue, and thus became the ancestress of the nobility bearing the name of Holland. Her third and last husband was Edward the Black Prince, and by him she became the mother of King Richard the Second. Earl Edmund took a prominent part in the contention of the Second Edward's reign, and falling an innocent victim to the wicked treachery of IsabeUa of France, died on the scaffold in 1329.

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