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Catherine of Valois

(1401—1437) queen of England, consort of Henry V.


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(1401–37),

queen of Henry V. Youngest daughter of Charles VI of France, her marriage to Henry on 2 June 1420, after bitter warfare between France and England, was an affair of state. At the same time, the treaty of Troyes was signed, whereby Henry was to become Charles's heir. A son, later Henry VI, was born in December 1421 at Windsor. Catherine accompanied Henry to Harfleur, and returned a widow in May 1422 when Henry died of dysentery. She subsequently made a secret marriage with Owen Tudor. The grandson of this marriage took the throne as Henry VII. Catherine died in February 1437, was buried in the Lady Chapel, Westminster abbey, and later placed alongside Henry V.

Subjects: British History.


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