Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury 1473-1541

Loyalty, Lineage and Leadership

Hazel Pierce

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury 1473-1541

Hazel Pierce

Distributed for University of Wales Press

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780708321898 Published April 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

In this first biography of a significant female figure in the male-dominated world of British Tudor politics, Hazel Pierce reconsiders the life and martyrdom of Catholic duchess Margaret Pole against the changing social and political landscape of her times. Pole, niece of both Edward IV and Richard III, was the only woman apart from Anne Boleyn to hold a peerage in her own right during the sixteenth century, and this important contribution to medieval scholarship provides a matchless understanding of aristocratic women during that time period, as well as new interpretations of Henry VIII and his relationship with the nobility.


1. Ancestry and Marriage, 1473-1504

2. Widowhood and Restoration, 1504-1519

3. The Countess of Salisbury: A Female Magnate

4. The Beginning of the End, 1519-1538

5. The Fall of the Pole Family, 1538

6. Assessment


Appendix I: Genealogical Tree of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

Appendix II: Map of the Lands of the Countess of Salisbury in 1538

Appendix III: The Lands of the Countess of Salisbury in 1538 and their Descent

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