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|Father||Charles VI the Mad King of France2 b. 3 December 1368, d. 22 October 1422|
|Mother||Isabel of Bavaria2 b. 1369, d. 24 September 1435|
|Birth*||27 October 1401||Catherine was born on 27 October 1401 at Paris, France.1,2|
|!AInfoNew*||1410||Early on there had been a discussion of marrying her to the son of Henry IV of England, but the King died before negotiations could begin. The new king, Henry V, also proposed the match, but demanded a large dowry and acknowledgement of his right to the throne of France.2|
|research*||1414||Find 1414 Was she also married to Gaston de Foix?3|
|!AInfoNew||1419||Henry V went to war with France and even after the English victory at Agincourt, plans for the marriage continued. Katherine was said to be very attractive and when Henry finally met her at Meulan he became enamored. In May 1420, a peace treaty was made between England and France and Charles acknowledged Henry of England as his heir. Katherine and Henry were married at the parish Church of St. John.2|
|Marriage*||2 June 1420||Catherine de Valois de France, 18 years old, married Henry V King of England, who was 32 years old, , son of Henry IV King of England, Henry Bolingbroke and Mary de Bohun, 2 June 1420 in France.1|
|!AInfoNew||February 1421||Katherine went to England with her new husband and was crowned as Queen in Westminster Abbey in February 1421. In June 1421, Henry returned to France to continue his campaigns.2|
|!AInfoNew||31 August 1422||On 31 August 1422 King Henry died in France and Katherine who was not quite 21 was left a widow and Dowager Queen of England.2|
|!AInfoNew||1427||Katherine was still young and might wish to remarry, which was of concern to the Protector, the king's uncle, Henry Duke of Gloucester. In the Parliament of 1427-8, a bill was introduced setting the rules for the remarriage of a Queen Dowager. The bill states that if the Queen and new husband married without the King's consent, the husband would loose his lands and possessions, although any children from the marriage would still be members of the royal family and would not suffer punishment. Another rule was that the king's permission could only be granted once he had reached his majority. At the time the bill was written, the king was only 6 years old.|
Katherine lived in the king's household, presumably so she could care for her young son the King, but it also carried the benefit that the councillors could watch over the Queen herself.2
|Marriage*||1429||Catherine de Valois de France married Owen Tudor, son of Maredudd (Meredith) Tudor a Welchman and Margaret Vychan, 1429. Despite all of this, Katherine did remarry, in secret, sometime in 1431 or 1432. Her new husband was Owen ap Maredudd ap Tudur of Wales. Somewhere at this time, the Queen stopped living in the King's household and in May 1432, Parliament granted Owen the rights of an Englishman. This was important because of Henry IV's laws limiting the rights of Welshmen.|
There are many tales, most unsupported, of how Katherine and Own met. Owen was probably born in about 1400, and may have gone to war in the service of Henry V's steward Sir Walter Hungerford in 1421 in France. We don't know for sure what position Owen held when he met the Queen, but he was most likely keeper of the Queen's household or wardrobe.
Despite all the romantic embellishments by later writers, it seems that Owen and Katherine were attracted to one another and were legally married at some point in the early 1430s. At some point, an English bookkeeper or scribe (possibly confused by the Welsh patronymic naming scheme) recorded Owen ap Maredudd ap Tudur as "Owen Tudor".
There were other children than the Edmund that is followed further as a result of this union. As of Jan 1999 there was a discussion on Medieval-L (Daja News) as to whether these two were actually married.
Owen and Katherine had at least four children, although their only known daughter died young. Edmund, Jasper and Owen, the three sons born to the couple, were all born away from court.1,2
|Death*||3 January 1437||Catherine died on 3 January 1437 at Bermondsey, at London, at England at age 35. There is some discussion as to whether her death was the result of child-birth or not. Katherine entered Bermondsey Abbey, possibly seeking a cure for an illness that had troubled her for some time. She made her will just three days before her death on January 3, 1437. Another versions of her death is given by Peter Western at http://www.peterwestern.f9.co.uk/maximilia/pafn28.htm#372|
Her relationship with Owen Tudor was never accepted by her royal in-laws, who did everything to prise the couple apart. They finally suceeded in 1436, by taking the couple's children away and forcing her to retire to Bermondsey Abbey. Stammtafeln says died 1438. Died in Childbirth.1,2
|Family 1||Henry V King of England b. 9 August 1387, d. 31 August 1422|
|Child||1.||Henry VI King of England+ b. 6 Dec 1421, d. 21 May 1471|
|Family 2||Owen Tudor b. before 1410, d. 4 February 1461|
|Children||1.||Edmund Tudor 1st Earl of Richmond+ b. 1430, d. 3 Nov 14561|
|2.||Jasper Tudor "of Hatfield" b. c 1431, d. 21 Oct 1495|
|3.||Owen Tudor II b. bt 1432 - 1437|
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