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John Woodville, Knight

Also Known As: "John Wydevill"
Birthplace: Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, , England
Death: Died in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, , England
Cause of death: Beheaded / executed
Place of Burial: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers
Husband of Katherine Neville, Duchess of Norfolk
Brother of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of England; Anne Woodville, Viscountess Bourchier; Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers; Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; Jacquetta Woodville, Baroness Strange and 10 others

Occupation: Knight
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About Sir John Woodville

John Woodville

Sir John Woodville (c.1445 – 12 August 1469) was the second son, and fourth child, of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg.

In January 1465, Woodville's sister, Queen Elizabeth, procured his marriage to Catherine Neville, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk (born c. 1400 – died after 1483), who was aunt to the powerful Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick.[1] As the Duchess was about 65 years of age at the time and Woodville was only 19, the marriage was seen by all, particularly Warwick, as an indecent grasp for money and power by the Woodville family. One chronicler described it as a "maritagium diabolicum" (the diabolical marriage).[2]

In 1465, John was created a Knight of the Bath by his sister's husband King Edward IV.[3]

In 1469, Woodville and his father accompanied King Edward on a march north, to put down what was thought to be a minor rebellion supporting Edward's brother the Duke of Clarence as the legitimate king. Before they met the rebels both Clarence and Warwick had announced their support for the rebellion; by the time the King met the rebels, the rebel force was far stronger than his. In a parley, the rebels told the King that they had no fight with him but advised him to distance himself from the Woodvilles. In no position to argue, the King sent the Woodville party away.

Woodville and Rivers went first to the Rivers' house at Grafton and from there made their way westwards towards Wales. They were captured by Warwick's men on the western bank of the Severn and taken to Coventry in Warwickshire.

Before leaving Calais to support the uprising, Warwick had published a manifesto citing the Woodvilles in general, and the Earl and John Woodville specifically, as his reason for supporting Clarence against the King. The publication of this manifesto was deemed, by Warwick, to justify the execution of Rivers and his son. They were beheaded on 12 August and their heads placed on spikes above the gates of Coventry. Woodville died childless.



From Woodville - the 1st part of Henry Vl

"Hence in 1469 Earl Rivers was among the royal favourites whom Warwick, Archbishop Neville, and Clarence determined to destroy as the essential preliminary to their recovery of power. They supported a manifesto denouncing evil government and the king's upstart favourites supposedly issued by the Yorkshire rebel Robin of Redesdale, whose defeat of Pembroke's army at Edgcote (27 July) led to Warwick's capture of the king and hence of the government. Rivers was not at Edgcote, but he and his son Sir John Woodville were seized at Chepstow, taken to Kenilworth, and executed there on 12 August 1469. Charges of sorcery against the Duchess Jacquetta were withdrawn after Edward IV's recovery of power."


  • Sir John Wydeville, Master of the Queen's Horse1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
  • M, #44680, b. circa 1445, d. 12 August 1469
  • Father Sir Richard Wydeville, 1st Earl Rivers, Constable of England, Lord High Treasurer1,2,3,5,6,9 b. b 1408, d. 12 Aug 1469
  • Mother Jacquetta (Jacqueline) of Luxembourg1,2,3,5,6,9 b. 1416, d. 30 May 1472
  • Sir John Wydeville, Master of the Queen's Horse was born circa 1445 at of Grafton Regis, Northampshire, England; Age 20 in 1465.8 He married Katharine Neville, daughter of Sir Ralph Neville, 1st Earl Westmoreland, 4th Baron Neville and Joan Beaufort, in January 1465; No issue.1,10,11,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Sir John Wydeville, Master of the Queen's Horse died on 12 August 1469 at Coventry, Warwickshire, England; Beheaded immediately after the Battle of Edgecote, without trial.1,10,2,3,5,6,8
  • Family Katharine Neville d. bt Jul 1483 - Mar 1484
  • Citations
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. II, p. 62.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 161.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 211-212.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 249.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 314-315.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 191-192.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 236.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 425-426.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 423-424.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 86.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 294.
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  • Sir John Woodville1
  • M, #107420, b. circa 1445, d. 12 August 1469
  • Last Edited=23 May 2004
  • Sir John Woodville was born circa 1445.1 He was the son of Richard Wydevill, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta de Luxembourg.2 He married Lady Katherine Neville, daughter of Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Lady Joan de Beaufort, circa 1465.3 He died on 12 August 1469 at Edgecote, England, beheaded after capture.
  • He was also known as John Wydville. He fought in the Battle of Edgecote on 12 August 1469.
  • Citations
  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 62. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 108. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • [S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 17. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
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  • John WOODVILLE (Sir Knight)
  • Born: AFT 1444
  • Died: 12 Aug 1469, Kenilworht, Northamptonshire, England
  • Notes: beheaded by Warwick, along with his father, at Coventry. Famed for having made the "Diabolical Marriage" to the Duchess of Norfolk to advance the family of his sister Elizabeth. John was 20 at his marriage; Catherine 80.
  • Father: Richard WOODVILLE (1° E. Rivers)
  • Mother: Jacquetta Zu St. POL of Luxembourg (D. Bedford)
  • Married: Catherine NEVILLE (D. Norfolk) Jan 1465
  • From: WOODVILLE (Sir Knight)1


  • Katherine Neville Mowbray Strangeways Beaumont Woodville
  • Birth: 1397
  • Death: unknown
  • Duchess of Norfolk
  • Countess Beaumont
  • Married 4 times:
  • 1412 to John De Mowbray
  • after 1433 to Thomas Strangeways 1395-1442 {Ancestors of US President Herbert Hoover vis his mother Hulda Hoover via Col. Dudley Bradstreet see Lineage}
  • prior to 1460 to John Beaumont 1409-1460
  • 1465 to Sir John Woodville {1444=1469} brother of Queen Elizabeth {Woodville} Plantagent
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Ralph de Neville (1364 - 1425)
  • Joan Beaufort Neville (1375 - 1440)
  • Spouses:
  • John de Mowbray (1392 - 1432)
  • Thomas Strangeways (1395 - 1442)
  • Children:
    • John de Mowbray (1415 - 1461)*
  • Siblings:
  • Phillippa Neville Dacre**
  • William de Neville (____ - 1463)*
  • John de Neville (1387 - 1420)**
  • Ralph De Neville (1392 - 1458)**
  • Elizabeth Ferrers Greystoke (1393 - 1434)**
  • Mary de Ferrers de Neville (1394 - 1458)**
  • Margaret Neville Scrope (1396 - 1463)**
  • Katherine Neville Mowbray Strangeways Beaumont Woodville (1397 - ____)
  • Eleanor de Neville de Percy (1398 - 1472)*
  • Richard Neville (1400 - 1460)*
  • Richard Neville (1400 - 1460)*
  • Robert de Neville (1404 - 1457)*
  • George Neville, Lord Latimer (1407 - 1469)*
  • George de Neville (1407 - 1469)*
  • Anne de Neville Stafford (1411 - 1480)*
  • Edward Neville (1412 - 1476)*
  • Cecily de Neville Plantagenet (1415 - 1495)*
  • *Calculated relationship
  • **Half-sibling
  • Burial: Body lost or destroyed
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 110576904
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  • RALPH Neville, son of JOHN Neville Lord Neville & his first wife Matilda Percy ([1364]-Raby Castle 21 Oct 1425, bur Staindrop, co Durham). The Liber Vitæ of Durham names "Henricus Percy, Comes Northumbriæ Henricus, Thomas, Radulphus filii eius, Gilbertus Umfranville, Comes Dangus, Dñs Johannes Neuylle, Dñs Radulphus filius eius"[840]. A mid-15th century manuscript names "Alesiam uxorem domini de Bayncote, Matillidem nuptam Willelmo de Scrope, Radulphus, Ydoniam, Alienoram uxorem Radulphi de Lumley, Thomam dominum de Furnival" as the children of "Johannem dominum de Neuille" and his wife "Matillidem filiam Henrici domini de Percy"[841]. He succeeded his father in 1388 as Lord Neville. He was created Earl of Westmoreland 29 Sep 1397. He was an active supporter of Henry of Lancaster in his bid for the throne. King Henry IV made him Marshal of England for life 30 Sep 1399, though he resigned this office in favour of his son-in-law John Earl of Norfolk in 1413 or before. He was appointed a member of the council of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Protector of the Realm Dec 1422.
  • m firstly MARGARET Stafford, daughter of HUGH Stafford Earl of Stafford & his wife Philippa de Beauchamp of Warwick (-9 Jun 1396, bur Brancepath). A mid-15th century manuscript records that "Radulphus dominus de Neuill et comes Westmorlandie" married "Margareta filia Hugonis comitis Stafford, uxor prima"[842]. A codicil to the will of "Hugh Earl of Stafford", dated 21 Sep 1385, bequeathed property to “my sister Roos...Margaret de Nevill my daughter...Katherine de la Pole my daughter...Joane my sister Charleton...Dame Joane d´Engayne my cousin”[843].
  • m secondly (before 29 Nov 1396) as her second husband, JOAN Beaufort, widow of ROBERT Ferrers of Willisham, daughter of JOHN "of Gaunt" Duke of Lancaster & his third wife Katharine Swynford née de Roët ([1379]-Howden, Yorkshire 13 Nov 1440, bur Lincoln Cathedral). A mid-15th century manuscript records that "Radulphus dominus de Neuill et comes Westmorlandie" married "Johanna filia Johannis ducis Lancastrie uxor secunda"[844]. A manuscript pedigree dated to [1500] names "Joan, wife firstly of Ferrers Baron of Ousley, and secondly of Ralph Earl of Westmoreland" as daughter of "John Duke of Lancaster" and mother (by her first husband) of "Baroness of Greystoke" and (by her second husband of "Cecily Duchess of York…"[845].
  • Earl Ralph & his second wife had fourteen children:
    • .... etc.
    • 11. KATHERINE ([1402/03]-after 1483). A mid-15th century manuscript names "Johannam minorissam, Ricardum, Katherinam ducissam Norfolchie, Henricum mortuum, Thomam dominum de Seymour, Cuthbertum mortuum, Alienoram uxorem comitis Northumbrie, Robertum episcopum Dunelmie, Willelmum dominum de Fauconberge, Annam comitssam Staffordie, Johannem mortuum, Georgium dominum de Latymer, Ceciliam ducissam Eboraci, Edwardum dominum de Bergeny" as the children of "Radulphus dominus de Neuill et comes Westmorlandie" and his wife "Johanna filia Johannis ducis Lancastrie uxor secunda"[858]. A manuscript pedigree dated to [1500] names "Katherine Duchess of Norfolk, m John Duke of Norfolk, m Thomas Strangeways" as sister of "Richard Earl of Salisbury" and mother (by her first husband) of "John Duke of Norfolk, father of John Duke of Norfolk" and (by her second husband) of "Jane first wedded to William Willoughby, after to the Marquess of Berkeley" (also listing two children of the last named by her first husband)[859]. The will of "John Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal and of Nottingham, Marshal of England", dated 19 Oct 1432, proved 14 Feb 1433, bequeathed property to “Katherine wife...”[860]. The Annales of William Wyrcester record the marriage Jan 1464 (O.S.) “maritagium diabolicum” of “Katerina ducissa Norffolchiæ juvencula ætatis fere iiixx annorum” and “Johannis Widevile fratri reginæ ætatis xx annorum”[861]. m firstly (licence Raby 12 Jan 1412) JOHN Mowbray Earl of Norfolk, son of THOMAS Mowbray Duke of Norfolk & his second wife Elizabeth FitzAlan of Arundel (1392-Epworth [19 Oct] 1432, bur Epworth Priory). He was restored as Duke of Norfolk 30 Apr 1425. m secondly THOMAS Strangeways, son of ---. m thirdly (after 1442) as his second wife, JOHN Beaumont Viscount Beaumont, son of HENRY Beaumont Lord Beaumont & his wife Elizabeth Willoughby ([1408/09]-killed in battle Northampton 10 Jul 1460). m fourthly (after 1464) JOHN Wydeville, son of RICHARD Wydeville Earl Rivers & his wife Jacquette de Luxembourg ([1445]-executed Kenilworth 12 Aug 1469).
    • 12. HENRY (-young). .... etc.
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Married at age 20 to 80 yr. old Catherine Neville.

Blood royal: issue of the kings and queens of medieval England, 1066-1399 ... By Thelma Anna Leese Pg.249


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Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, , England
August 12, 1469
Age 24
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, , England
August 12, 1469
Age 24
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
February 15, 1937
Age 24
June 8, 1937
Age 24
ARIZO - Mesa Arizona
November 11, 1995
Age 24
February 1, 1996
Age 24