Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury.
Illustration: A CHAPLAIN ABROAD
The following Text is from A CHAPLAIN ABROAD
Today, in The Diocese of Clifton, we sing The Mass of The Blessed Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, cruelly murdered for her Faith by King Henry VIII. She is the mother of Cardinal Reginald Pole, though her exalted status is because of her own actions, not his.
There is a good Wikipedia account of her life HERE.
This was found scratched on her cell wall:
For traitors on the block should die;
I am no traitor, no, not I !
My faithfulness stands fast and so,
Towards the block I shall not go !
Nor make one step, as you shall see;
Christ in Thy Mercy, save Thou me !
Coat-of-Arms of Margaret Pole,
8th Countess of Salisbury.
Date: 4 August 2013.
Source: Own work.
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (14 August 1473 – 27 May 1541), was an English Peeress.
She was the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, who was also the brother of King Edward IV and King Richard III.
Margaret was one of two women in 16th-Century England to be a Peeress in her own Right with no Titled husband. [Editor: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography states that the other one was Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke.]
One of the few surviving members of The Plantagenet Dynasty after The Wars of The Roses, she was executed in 1541 at the command of King Henry VIII, who was the son of her First Cousin, Elizabeth of York.