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Margaret

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Margaret

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Description

Aims

  • Make those responsible for your husband's death pay for it one way or another
  • Secure your future with your dowry
  • Make sure you are not forced to return to the French court

Background

You are a daughter of King Louis of France, elder sister to Alais, and half-sister to King Philip.  You are also the widow of Young Henry, King Henry's eldest son and heir.

You were married to your husband when you were just two years old as part of a peace deal between your father and his.  As a result, you grew up in the English court, and have spent virtually your entire life there.  Your father and half-brother were strangers to you.   King Henry, Queen Eleanor and their sons are the only family you have ever known.

When you were twelve, your husband was crowned King alongside his father in the French style.  You were formally crowned Queen of England two years later. But despite the titles, neither of you had any real power; Young Henry's father preferred to keep his son on a tight leash to prevent him from becoming a threat.  He would not even release your dowry - the County of Gisors - to your husband, considering it too strategically important in his wars against France to risk under the control of anyone else.

You counselled your husband to be patient, that if only he waited he would in time be entrusted with more responsibility.  But your mother-in-law Eleanor, bitter at her husband over some affair, counselled the opposite.  Young Henry listened to her, and so ten years ago he and his brothers rebelled against their father, seeking land and titles of their own.  Your father, King Louis, initially supported them, but then made his own peace with Henry.  As a result, the revolt failed.  You were imprisoned for a while and your husband was stripped of what little he had.  He was deeply embittered by this, and you watched him slowly turn into an angry young man, driven by the need to acquire land and prestige at the expense of his father and brothers. 

Because you grew up with Young Henry you viewed each other more as brother and sister than husband and wife, and you both found it difficult to do your duty to provide an heir. Later, he became more insistent, seeing an heir as vital to securing his succession, but you were unsuccessful; you gave birth to a son six years ago, but he died after just three days. 

Last year, you had a brief romance with your husband's best knight, William Marshal. While intense, the relationship was never consummated, both because of William's fear of committing treason against his lord, and your obedience to the strictures of courtly love.  However, William's rivals spread gossip about the affair, scandalising the court, and you were sent to the court of your half-brother in Paris in disgrace.  While you were there, word reached you that your husband was seeking an annulment on the grounds of adultery.   You were still there earlier this year when you heard of his death.  He had been waging war against his father and Richard over some slight when he died of dysentery.  You hear that he begged for his father's forgiveness as he lay dying, but that King Henry, fearing some trick to kill him, refused to go to him.  And so he died alone and unloved. 

You have of course heard the story: that the Angevin family has the devil's blood in its veins, due to a marriage in the distant past with a demon named Melusine, and so are cursed never to love one another and always to fight, brother against brother and the sons against the father.  You suspect the demons are not so distant.  Henry and Eleanor's poisonous relationship ruined your husband and ultimately killed him.  You cannot forgive them for it.

Now that Young Henry is dead, you will have to look after yourself.  As a widow, you are entitled to keep your dowry, but both your father-in-law and your half-brother want it for themselves.  You need to come to some arrangement that lets you keep the land, or at least its income.   You also need to ensure that you are not forced to return to the French court, which is full of strangers.  You would prefer to live with your family, even if they are hateful.

Relationships with other characters (8)

  • Alais

    Your younger sister, she was betrothed to Richard when she was a child as part of another peace deal, but the marriage never happened (King Henry of course has kept her dowry as well).  Any pity you felt for her situation disappeared years ago when it became clear that she was modelling herself off Eleanor.  Now you hear she has become Henry's latest mistress, whoring herself for power.  Seeing her married off would put an end to that, as well as inflicting some revenge on Henry for your husband's death.

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  • Constance of Brittany

    Geoffrey's wife, and a childhood friend of yours.  Henry deposed her father, and she grew up in his court alongside you as a ward.   She hated Henry for what he did to her father, but now seems to have accepted her fate

    show the relationship of Constance of Brittany with Margaret

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine

    Your mother-in-law.  Her hatred of King Henry and schemes against him helped ruin your husband.  Now in death she wants to make him a Saint.

    show the relationship of Eleanor of Aquitaine with Margaret

  • Geoffrey (

    !Geoffrey does not have relationship with Margaret

    )

    Your brother in law, and involved in the war which saw your husband killed.  He has always been a schemer, and you wouldn't be surprised if he had put Young Henry up to the whole thing.  He is close to your half-brother, King Philip, and serves as his Seneschal.

  • John (

    !John does not have relationship with Margaret

    )

    Your brother-in-law, Henry and Eleanor's youngest son.  He was raised by his father, who spoiled him.  As a result he is turning into a cruel and arrogant young man.  But maybe he can be saved?

  • King Henry of England

    Your father-in-law, his lack of love and trust turned your husband into a monster.

    show the relationship of King Henry of England with Margaret

  • King Philip of France

    Your half-brother, and a stranger to you.  He is however after your dowry, and would no doubt take it by force were it not already controlled by Henry.  When you were in Paris you heard gossip that he had pursued an unnatural relationship with Richard.  Perhaps you can use this as leverage?

    show the relationship of King Philip of France with Margaret

  • Richard

    Your brother in law, Henry and Eleanor's second son.  He has the same flaws as your husband, for the same reasons.

    show the relationship of Richard with Margaret

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