Person    | Female  Born 14/8/1473  Died 27/5/1541

Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

Categories: Execution

Born Bath, of royal blood, she survived the Wars of the Roses and was trusted by Henry VIII enough to be a governess to Mary, his daughter by Catherine of Aragon. However when the king wanted a divorce from Catherine, Cardinal Pole, Margaret's son, from the safety of Italy, wrote denouncing the king who then turned against the whole Pole family. This meant execution for Margaret, even at age 68. There are stories that she ran from the block and the executioner chased her around Tower Green before he could complete the job (cue the Benny Hill theme tune).

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Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

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Tower of London execution site

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Tower scaffold - 1946

See Anne Boleyn's plaque for when/how this plaque was displayed.

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