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  •  The kings of Scotland were Beaufort descendants -- (3+ / 0-)
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    a Gaunt-Swynford grand-daughter was married off to one of the early Jameses.  Also, the Duke of Buckingham was the grand-son of the Gaunt-Swynford daughter, Joan, who married the Neville Duke of Westmoreland, by whom she had a shitload of children and many, many grand-children.  So, in fact, Beaufort descendants were thick on the ground in 1485.  Also, Gaunt descendants by his first two wives were spread throughout European royalty and nobility like raisins in raisin bread -- e.g., Portgugal, Spain, the Holy Roman Emperor.  In fact, Henry VIII's first wife was, like him, a descendant of John of Gaunt through her mother, Queen Isabella.

    .  Henry Tudor's claim to the throne was based mostly on the fact that he was the only surviving descendant of the first Beaufort SON.  (Gaunt's first son, by his first wife, was Henry IV, whose line went extinct when the Yorkists (Richard?) killed Henry VI & his son.) It also helped that Henry Tudor was the grandson of Henry V's wife, the daughter of a king of France, who married Owen Tudor after Henry V died young.  In other words, Henry Tudor's father and brother were half-brothers of Henry VI.  Consequently, Henry became the natural focus for the support of the Lancastrian nobility after Henry VI and his son were killed.  

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