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Queen Consort of England Katherine of Valois
19 generations from the origin. Great x 17 grandmother.
Birth: Oct 27, 1401, Paris, France;
Death: Jan 3, 1437; London, England;
Age: 36

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  • Queen Consort of England - Dates: 1420-1422
  • Princess of France


Catherine of Valois (27 October 1401 -- 3 January 1437) was the Queen consort of England from 1420 until 1422. Catherine of Valois was the daughter of King Charles VI of France and Isabeau de Bavière. She was born on October 27, 1401, in Paris. On June 2, 1420, she was given in marriage to King Henry V of England, but only after Henry's demand for return of Normandy and Aquitaine as part of the marriage pact which was triggered by the Battle of Agincourt and the subsequent Treaty of Troyes. As part of the treaty, Henry won control of Normandy and Aquitaine, became regent of France during Charles' lifetime, and won the right to succeed on Charles' death. If this had come to pass, France and England would have been united under one monarch.

Catherine of Valois was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey in February, 1421. The only issue of Catherine and Henry, the future Henry VI of England, was born on 6 December 1421. Then Henry V died on 31 August 1422.

Catherine was given Wallingford Castle. Here she turned for comfort to Owen Tudor, a Welsh clerk, who would become the founding father of the Tudor dynasty. In 1428 Parliament reacted to the rumours about this relationship by forbidding Catherine from marrying. Historians are divided on whether Catherine and Owen married secretly or never married at all. Although Catherine was forbidden to marry, there was an otherwise general lack of interest in her on the part of the authorities.

She gave birth to at least six of Owen Tudor's children:
Owen Tudor (1429-1501). He was a monk at Westminster.
Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond (1430 - November 1, 1456), married Lady Margaret Beaufort. Father of King Henry VII.
Jasper Tudor, 1st Duke of Bedford (1431 - December 21/26, 1495), married Katherine Woodville [also an ancestor through a different marriage --jmh], daughter to Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. No issue. He did have two illegitimate children.
Tacina Tudor (died 1469).
Daughter Tudor. She became a nun.
Margaret (Catherine) Tudor (born 1437). Died young.

Catherine died on January 3, 1437, in London, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. Her lover, Owen Tudor, lived on until 1461, when he was executed by the Yorkists following the Battle of Mortimer's Cross. Their sons were given earldoms by King Henry VI after Catherine's death. Edmund would become the father of the future King Henry VII of England.

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246 - Shakespeareana Genealogica, 1869, George Russell French, compiler, p 118.


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King of France Charles VI
Dec 3, 1368 - Oct 21, 1422
Queen Consort of France Isabeau of Bavaria
c. 1370 - Sep 24, 1435
Primary or Last Marriage:
Date: 1428, Place: , Status: Marriage, Note:
Owen Tudor
c. 1400 - Feb 2, 1461
King of England Henry V
Sep 16, 1386 - Aug 31, 1422
Tacina Tudor
Great x 16 grandmother
c. 1432 - 1469
Earl Richmond Edmund Tudor
Great x 16 granduncle
c. 1430 - Nov 1, 1456
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