Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy

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Margaret Plantagenet (Plantagenet), Duchesse de Bourgogne

Also Known As: "Margaret Plantagenet"
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Birthplace: Fotheringhay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Mechelen, Flandre, Belgique
Place of Burial: Church of the Cordeliers, Antwerp, Malines, Belgique
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York
Wife of Charles 'le Téméraire', duc de Bourgogne
Sister of Joan of York; Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter; Henry of York; Edward IV of England; Edmund Plantagenet of York, Earl of Rutland and 8 others

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About Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy

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Margaret of York and Charles the Bold (1468)

Despite the protests of France's Louis XI, who was fearful of an alliance between the English and the Burgundians, Margaret of York [wiki] was engaged to Charles the Bold [wiki], aka the duke of Burgundy. And in spite of the king's objection, the crazy cats decided to go forth with said ceremony and party like it was 1469.

Extravagant even by the standards of European royal weddings, the blessed event was accompanied by a tournament in which the most famous knights in Europe bludgeoned one another for days. And Margaret's crown, covered in pearls and diamonds, was so valuable that it's now on display in the treasury of Aachen Cathedral.

Of course, the preceremony celebrations were equally grand. The nuptials themselves were preceded by parades through the streets of Bruges, a pageant reenacted every year during (coincidentally enough) the tourist season.

Sadly, Margaret's subsequent life was a little less like a fairy tale: she lived to see the death of her husband in battle (1477) against the French and the overthrow of both Burgundy as an independent duchy (1482) and of her own family across the Channel (1485).

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/06/15/worlds-most-excessive-weddings/

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Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy's Timeline

1446
May 3, 1446
Fotheringhay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, England
1468
July 3, 1468
Age 22
Damme, Flanders, Belgium
1503
November 23, 1503
Age 57
Mechelen, Flandre, Belgique
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Antwerp, Malines, Belgique