Margaret Pole the Blessed, Countess of Salisbury (14 August 1473 - 27 May 1541) was an English peeress. She was the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, who was the brother of Edward IV and Richard III. She was one of two women in sixteenth-century England to be a peeress in her own right with no titled husband.ODNB; the other was Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke]. The ODNB does not qualify the assertion, but is discussing sixteenth-century usage; sources which apply modern law retroactively will consider some women peeresses in their own right when their husbands sat in Parliament with their father's style and precedence. 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 Henry VIII, who was her cousin Elizabeth's son. Pope Leo XIII beatified her as a martyr for the Roman Catholic Church on 29 December 1886. (DWYER, J. G. "Pole, Margaret Plantagenet, Bl." New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 11. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 455-456).
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