Lady Anne Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick

Female 1426 - 1492  (66 years)


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  • Name Anne Beauchamp 
    Title Lady 
    Suffix 16th Countess of Warwick 
    Born 13 Jul 1426  Caversham Castle, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Sep 1492  [2, 5
    Person ID I37416  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2015 

    Father Sir Richard Beauchamp, Knight, 13th Earl of Warwick,   b. 28 Jan 1381, Salwarpe, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1439, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Lady Isabel le Despencer, Countess of Worcester,   b. 26 Jul 1400, Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1439, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 7, 8
    Family ID F15442  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sir Richard Neville, II, Knight, 16th Earl of Warwick,   b. 22 Nov 1428, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1471, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 0___ 1444  Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 9
    Children 
     1. Lady Anne Neville, Queen of England,   b. 11 Jun 1456, Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1485, Westminster Palace, Westminster, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F13845  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Jul 1426 - Caversham Castle, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 0___ 1444 - Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Lady Anne Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick (13 July 1426 – 20 September 1492) was the daughter of Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, and his second wife Isabel le Despenser, a daughter of Thomas le Despenser (22 September 1373 – 13 January 1399/1400) and Constance of York. Anne Beauchamp was the mother of Anne Neville, Queen consort of England as the spouse of King Richard III.[1]

      Inheritance

      Anne de Beauchamp was born at Caversham Castle in Oxfordshire (now Berkshire). She became the wife of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick.[2] Following the death of Anne de Beauchamp's father, and subsequently that of her brother, Henry, and her niece Lady Anne, Warwick inherited the title and the considerable estates of the Earl of Warwick through her.

      However, this was contested by her three older half-sisters, children of her father's first marriage to Elizabeth, heir of Berkeley. One of these, Lady Eleanor, was married to Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset (killed at the First Battle of St Albans in 1455). The litigation over the Warwick inheritance only fueled the enmity between this branch of the Nevilles and the Beauforts who were closely related. Anne Beauchamp's husband, Richard, was the grandson of Lady Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland, sister of the Duke's late father. Law considered that Anne Beauchamp being a full-blooded aunt of the last countess was more eligible to inherit than her older half-sisters, who were thus not coheirs with her, including the eldest - Lady Margaret, Countess of Shrewsbury (d. 1468). Richard Neville succeeded in keeping the Warwick and Despencer estates intact.[3]

      Children's marriages

      Her older daughter, Lady Isabel, married George, Duke of Clarence, the younger brother of King Edward IV of England. Her younger daughter, Lady Anne Neville, was married to Edward of Westminster, the only son of King Henry VI. When Edward of Westminster was killed in the Battle of Tewkesbury, Anne Neville was married to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III of England. Although their mother was still living, the husbands of the two Neville sisters fought over her inheritance. In order to win his brother George’s final consent to the marriage with Anne, Richard renounced most of Warwick’s land and property including the earldoms of Warwick (which the Kingmaker had held in his wife’s right) and Salisbury and surrendered to Clarence the office of Great Chamberlain of England.[4] After George was executed for treason in 1478, his son Edward inherited the title of Earl of Warwick, while Richard's son was styled Earl of Salisbury[5]

      Later life

      Anne died in obscurity, having survived her husband, her daughters and the sons-in-law who had effectively disinherited her. She was in sanctuary at Beaulieu Abbey in 1486 when she petitioned Henry VII for the return of her estate. She recovered a small portion, but only on condition that she broke the entail and remit the bulk of them to Henry VII.[3]"The 'Warwick and Spencer lands', her own patrimony became part of the crown estate."[6]

      Fictional portrayals

      Anne, Countess of Warwick appears prominently in the Philippa Gregory novels The White Queen (2009), The Red Queen (2010), and The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012), and is played by Juliet Aubrey in the 2013 television adaptation of all three novels, The White Queen. She is depicted as a coldly ambitious mother to Isabel and Anne Neville, and her husband's staunchest supporter. A more sympathetic portrayal of the Countess of Warwick is in the novel The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman, and a maternal view of her is observed in The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy. Novelist Sandra Worth represents the Countess as her husband's conscience in her five novels about the Wars of the Roses. The Countess is depicted as being especially close to her grandson Edward of Middleham.[citation needed] [5]

  • Sources 
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    2. [S7166] "Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, KG (22 November 1428 - 14 April 1471) Biogrpahy", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.

    3. [S7446] "Ancestors of Anne Neville, Queen of England",.

    4. [S7818] "Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester (1400-1439)", biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_le_Despenser,_.

    5. [S7846] "Anne Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick (1426-1492)" biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Beauchamp,_16th_Cou.

    6. [S6522] Elizabeth Beauchamp, Countess of Worcester (1415-1448) Pedigree-Ahnentafel, http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/pedigree.p.

    7. [S7378] "Joan de Beauchamp, Baroness Bergavenny (nâee FitzAlan; 1375 - 14 November 1435)", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_de.

    8. [S7817] "Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester (1373-1400)" biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_le_Despenser,_.

    9. [S7164] "Neville, Richard (1428-1471) Biography", https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Neville,_Richard_(1428-1471)_(DNB00).