Margaret of anjou french marguerite 23 march 1430 25 august 1482 was the queen of england by marriage to king henry vi from 1445 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471 born in the duchy of lorraine into the house of valois anjou margaret was the second eldest daughter of ren king of naples and isabella duchess of lorraine. Henry vi was crowned king of both england and france when he was an infant during his reign his country lost the hundred years war and all of its french territories except for calais in 1445 he married margaret of anjou at the age of 32 1453 he suffered his first attack of mental illness and control of the country was taken up by richard . Tensions mounted between margaret of anjou and richard of york over control of the weak and incapacitated king leading to a long period of dynastic conflict known as the wars of the roses henrys custody switched between both parties as his relatives fought for control of the throne he was deposed on 29 march 1461 after a crushing defeat at the battle of towton by richards son who took . On april 23 1445 margaret of anjou married henry vi of england her marriage to henry was arranged by william de la pole later duke of suffolk part of the lancastrian party in the wars of the roses the marriage defeated plans by the house of york to find a bride for henry the king of france negotiated for margarets marriage as part of the truce of tours which gave control of anjou back . Margaret of anjou margaret of anjou queen consort of englands king henry vi and a leader of the lancastrians in the wars of the roses 1455 85 between the houses of york and lancaster strong willed and ambitious she made a relentless but ultimately unsuccessful effort to obtain the crown for her son prince
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