Jump to navigation Jump to search For the 4th Duke of Somerset, see Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset. English chroniques d’Enguerrand de Monstrelet.: V. 9 PDF and an important figure in the Wars of the Roses and in the Hundred Years’ War. Edmund Beaufort was the third surviving son of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, and Margaret Holland.
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Although he was the head of one of the greatest families in England, his inheritance was worth only 300 pounds. By contrast his rival, Richard, Duke of York, had a net worth of 5,800 pounds. His cousin King Henry VI’s efforts to compensate Somerset with offices worth 3,000 pounds only served to offend many of the nobles and as his quarrel with York grew more personal, the dynastic situation got worse. His brothers were taken captive at the Battle of Baugé in 1421, but Edmund was too young at the time to fight. He acquired much military experience while his brothers were prisoners.