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Katherine Woodville, Duchess of Buckingham and Bedford April 1, 2017

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The Freelance History Writer

Undated sketch of a family by Hans Holbein

Katherine was a member of the sizable Woodville or Wydeville family who came to prominence when King Edward IV of England married her sister Elizabeth Woodville. Although the family would suffer many adversities during the time of great upheaval which would later be named the Wars of the Roses, Katherine managed to survive and live well into the reign of the new Tudor king Henry VII. She married three times and had several prominent children.

Katherine was born c. 1458. Her father was Sir Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and her mother was Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford. Sir Richard was from a prominent family of the landed gentry and Jacquetta was of the nobility of Luxembourg. The Woodville family was large and Katherine appears to have been one of the youngest if not the youngest child. Little is known of her childhood…

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