The Marriage of Margaret of York and Charles Duke of Burgundy, July 1468

Save at the Arthurian Court, writes Dorothy Margaret Stuart, such splendid scenes had never before been witnessed as accompanied the marriage of Edward IV’s sister to the Duke of Burgundy.

On June 18th, 1468, a cavalcade halted outside Old St. Paul’s in order that the Lady Margaret, twenty-two-year-old sister of Edward IV, might pause to make orison on her way to the Kentish coast, where she was to embark for the domains of her affianced husband, the twice-widowed Charles, Duke of Burgundy.

The cavalier behind whom she rode pillion was Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. Few of the watching citizens can have been unaware of his dislike for the match, but fewer still can have known to what lengths that dislike had carried him.

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