Jacquetta of Luxembourg | 1416 - 30th of May 1472

Daughter of Peter of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol and Margaret of Baux. Wife first to John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford and then to Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers. Mother to fourteen children, most notably; Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort of England, Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers and Catherine Woodville, Duchess of Buckingham.

Jacquetta was accused of witchcraft in 1469 by Thomas Wake, a follower of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and accused to have “made like a man of arms … broken in the middle and made fast with a wire” (x) to bring together her daughter Elizabeth and Edward IV of England. She was then exonerated by the King’s great council on the 19th of January 1470 and duly had it recorded that she was a believer “on God according to the truth of Holy Church.” Jacquetta was posthumously accused of witchcraft by the Titulus Regius in 1484, wherein she was said to have committed "sorcerie and wichecrafte” with her daughter Elizabeth as it was the “common opinion of the people and the publique voice and fame is through all this land.” (x)

I am happy just to take pictures  An interview with Ram Shergill who answered the question

“I make them smile,” you said about your subjects. Who has made you smile the widest?

I have made Dame Judi Dench smile, cry, laugh, re-enact murdering her husband, her winning an Oscar… the range of the lady’s emotions are incredible. She can switch character from second to second. But her smile was that of an angel wearing Abu Sandeep Chikan, smiling at me with a tear in her eye…

Interview www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/ram-shergill-one-of-britains-leading-fashion-photographers-on-his-work-his-leica-and-his-favourite-subject-dame-judi-dench/article6532935.ece


Digitising Rylands Latin MS 113.