The Prophetess Queen. Margaret of Anjou is an extremely interesting person both historically and fictionally. Often the focal point, she is featured in many historical writings, books, plays, and movies.
Her historical figure. Margaret born on March 23rd, 1430, was merely a political tool of her fathers for the first fifteen years of her life. This however working to her own advantage, in 1444 it was agreed upon that Margaret should marry King Henry VI as part of the Treaty of Tours between England and France. She married King Henry VI on April 23rd and was coronated Queen consort on May 30th, 1445. At the time Henry 's mental condition was already unstable. By 1453 after the birth of his son, he had suffered from a complete mental breakdown. There were rumors that because of Henry 's mental state he was incapable of begetting a child. Some have speculated that Edward was indeed actually the son of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, or James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormond, both close allies of Margaret. Due to Henry 's bouts of insanity, Margaret often ruled in his place. She was the one who called for a great Council in 1455, excluding the York faction headed by Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York. This igniting a civil conflict named the War of Roses that lasted more than 30 years, during which time she was a key figure. In 1461 the Lancastrian Army was beaten, Edward deposed King Henry and claimed the throne for himself. With this Margaret fled to France with her son.