Edmund Beaufort Marquess of Dorset, Duke of Somerset, K. G. 661,841
- Born: 1406, East Barnet, Westminster, London, Middlesex, England 661,840,841,842
- Marriage (1): Duchess Eleanor (Alianore) Beauchamp of Beaufort in 1433 in Kings Stanley, Gloucestershire, England 840
- Died: 22 May 1455, First Battle of St. Albans at age 49 661,840
- Buried: 1455, St. Albans Abbey, St. Albans, Herefordshire, England 843
Noted events in his life were:
• Mainstay of the King. 844 Edmund was a mainstay of King Henry VI and one of the chief rivals of Richard, Duke of York at the onset of the Wars of the Roses before his death.
• Military career. 845 Edmund commanded in the 10th year of Henry VI, one of the divisions of the Duke of Bedford's army in Normandy and upon the death of that eminent general, was appointed joint commander, with Richard, Duke of York, of all the English forces in the duchy. He subsequently (15th year of Henry VI) laid successful seige to Harfleur; and afterwards crossing the Somme, invested, with equal fortune, the Fort of Fulleville, when he formed a junction with Lord Talbot. In a few years following, he acquired an accession of renown by his relief of Calais, then invested by the Duke of Burgundy, and for his good services upon that occasion was created (24 August 1441) Earl of Dorset.
His lordship continuing to distinguish himself in arms was advanced on 24 June 1442 to the Marquisate of Dorset by which title he inherited the Earldom of Somerset at the decease of his brother in 1444 and the next year was constituted Regent of France. He was also knight of the Garter and lord high constable. But the fortune of war veering soon after, and Caen falling into the hands of the French, the Duke had to encounter a storm of unpopularity in England, to which he was recalled with the hostility of Richard, Duke of York, and died at the battle of St. Albans in 1455 fighting on the Lancastrian side.
• Affairs. 841 Edmund may have had two significant extra-marital affairs.
In 1427 it is believed that Edmund Beaufort may have embarked on an affair with Catherine of Valois -the widow of Henry V . Evidence is sketchy, however the liaison prompted a parliamentary statute regulating the remarriage of queens of England.
It was also widely suspected that Edmund had an extra-marital affair with Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI. During her pregnancy with Edward, Prince of Wales, Henry had suffered a mental breakdown, leaving him in a withdrawn and unresponsive state that lasted for one and a half years. Henry came to view Edward's birth as a miracle .
Edmund married Duchess Eleanor (Alianore) Beauchamp of Beaufort, daughter of Richard Beauchamp KG, Thirteenth Earl of Warwick, Count of Aumale and Elizabeth de Berkeley Countess of Warwick, in 1433 in Kings Stanley, Gloucestershire, England.840 (Duchess Eleanor (Alianore) Beauchamp of Beaufort was born in Sep 1407 in Walthamstow, Essex, England 661,840 and died on 6 Mar 1467 in Baynards Castle, London, England 661,840,846.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Unlicensed, 1438. 847 This unlicensed marriage was pardoned on 7 Mar 1438.