Arguably Coventry's biggest step up on to the national stage came during the Wars of the Roses, when the Royal Court was moved to the city by Margaret of Anjou
, the wife of Henry VI.
Other key characters, such as Margaret of Anjou
, Elizabeth of York and her uncle Richard III, also arrived to continue the story with more action and betrayal, and portrayed their parts fantastically.
Among them is one woman, who portrays Margaret of Anjou
, wife of Henry VI, who owing to her husband's insanity, ruled the kingdom in his place.
Set 17 years after the death of Henry V, England is ruled by the Duke of Gloucester (Hugh) and tensionsbuild when Margaret of Anjou
(Sophie Okonedo) is introduced at court Benedict reckons bringing such a good cast together could only happen on TV.
Sarah Yates, recently widowed actress and mother, played a London benefit performance of Francklin's Earl of Warwick, winning her audience's sympathy for her "mama grizzly" portrayal of Margaret of Anjou
WHO was the English king to whom Margaret of Anjou
Margaret of Anjou
was the wife of Henry VI, last sovereign of the house of Lancaster.
Although Margaret Beaufort is the only known female owner of Caxtons Fayttes of Armes, Margaret of Anjou
owned a copy of the original French text in British Library, MS Royal 15 E.
Referring to her role as Queen Margaret, Jones explains "that's Margaret of Anjou
who in fact appears in all the history plays and has in the past been played by the same actress through all the cycle.
The author takes her title from Shakespeare's description of Margaret of Anjou
, consort of Henry VI.
In turn his great-uncle Cardinal Beaufort (1375-1447), William, Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450), Edmund, Duke of Somerset (1406-55), Humphrey, Duke of Buckingham (1402-60) and Queen Margaret of Anjou
(1430-82) ruled England in Henry's name, badly and selfishly, provoking violent outbursts of discontent that ultimately swept the regime away.
He argues that 1 Henry VI's condemnation of Margaret of Anjou
and Joan of Arc reflects a new rejection of older forms of international diplomacy that worked through dynastic links and often relied on female leaders and go-betweens.