Date: Sat, May 26th, 2012 6:00:00 pm
Location: St Leonard's Chapel, Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Nr Bath BA2 7RS
Mass at St Leonard's Chapel, Farleigh Castle in honour of Blessed Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury with an address by Lucy Beckett.
There is no need to book for this event.
For further details contact Dom Gervase Murray-Bligh on 01761 235144.
Born at Farleigh Castle 1473, Margaret was the daughter of George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence. The font in the Castle Chapel where she was baptised was symbolically decorated with white roses for the Plantagenet family and honeysuckle. A portrait in the National Gallery depicts Margaret holding a sprig of honeysuckle.
Margaret married at 18 to Sir Richard Pole and had five children. Her son Cardinal Reginald Pole became Archbishop of Canterbury. Leading a quiet life of a noble woman of her time Margaret was involved in the education of Mary Tudor and opposed the King’s plans regarding Mary’s legitimacy. The writings of her son, Cardinal Pole and his opposition to King Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell put his family in danger. Margaret suffered persecution for her faith and her views. She was executed at the Tower of London in 1541 and beatified by Pope Leo XIII 1886.