Alicia continues with our inexorable march to the Tudor dynasty with yet another French princess contributing to the Plantagenet – now technically Lancastrian – line of the English monarchy. Her marriage to King Henry V, grandson of John of Gaunt and great grandson of King Edward III, was cut tragically short when Henry died on military adventure in France. Doubly tragically, Henry’s child with Catherine, Henry VI, had been born just months before his demise.
What’s a 21-year-old, beautiful, royal Dowager Queen to do? An early flirtation with a member of the Beaufort line was stymied by an act of Parliament, but all’s well that ends well, because that left the door open for a (presumably) dashing young Welshman employed in the household by the name of Owen Tudor. Yes – through a possible secret marriage to Catherine – he became the grandfather of those Tudors.