M is for Margaret of Anjou

Was born in 1429. She was 15 when she became the wife of Henry VI who was considered mentally ill. She took over and defended the Lancasters against the House of York in the War of the Roses. However, she lost but ordered executions and ordered her armies into battle.

Even though the Lancasters lost, Margaret and her son escaped capture. They fled to France and solicited help to invade England to take back the throne. With the assistance of the Earl of Warwick, King Edward was removed from the throne and replaced by King Henry VI. This victory was short-lived as he only remained on the throne for six months. At the Battle of Tewkesbury Warwick was killed and Margaret led the army. However, the Lancasters and Margaret lost. She and her son were put in prison. Her son executed. She was forced to ride in a carriage next to King Edward as he march in victory to London. She was a prisoner for five years until King Louie XI of France paid a ransom for her release. However, she died at the age of 52 near poverty.

Priory of Sion: Margaret’s father Rene was allegedly the ninth Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, an organization popularized by literature such as The DaVinci Code.
Bibliography

www.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-legendary-female-warriors

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/medbritishqueens/p/margaret_anjou.htm

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