Thursday 6 September 2012

Blessed Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, mother of Cardinal Reginald Pole, English Martyr

Margaret Pole the Blessed, Countess of Salisbury (14 August 1473 - 27 May 1541) was an English Martyr of the Catholic Church. She was the daughter of George of Clarence, who was the brother of King Edward IV and King Richard III. She was one of two women in sixteenth-century England to be a peeress in her own right with no titled husband.  One of the few surviving members of the Plantagent dynasty after the War of the Roses, she was executed in 1541 at the command of King Henry VIII who was her cousin Elizabeth's son and also father of her Goddaughter the Princess Mary Tudor.  She was beheaded while in her 70's.  Pope Leo XIII beatified her as a martyr for the on 29 December 1886.  For a detailed presentation of her life in Tudor England, her story on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions, Catholic film production company based in England:
In 2007 Mary's Dowry Productions created a new form of film media in which to present the lives of the Saints on DVD. We invite you to watch our film prayerfully and quietly and to engage your spiritual senses. Watch with your spiritual eye, listen with your spiritual ear. Mary's Dowry Productions loves to recreate key moments, silently and with no dialogue, from a Saint's life, using historical costume and beautiful backdrops. Original contemplative music runs beneath a detailed narrative that seeks to engage the viewer with the Saint. Our films offer a window into the life of each Saint.

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