|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1469|
Knight of the Garter, of Grafton Regis, Pattishall and Wicken, Northamptonshire and London. King's Knight, Privy Councillor, Lieutenant of Calais, Constable and Treasurer of England, 1st Earl of Rivers.
Son and heir to Sir Richard Wydeville, Constable of the tower of London and Joan Bittlesgate, daughter of Thomas.
Husband of Jacquette de Luxembourg, daughter of Pierre de Luxembourg and Maud de Balzo (Baux) daughter of the Duke of Ardria. She was the widow of John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, married in 1433, John died on 15 September 1435 at Rouen.
They were married in secret as she had been granted dower lands following her first husband's death on condition that she did not re-marry without a royal licence. Richard was fined £1000 when the marriage came out in the open. They were married before 23 March 1437 and had at least seven sons and seven daughters:
Elizabeth 1437–1492 married Edward IV of England
Anne 1439–1489 wife of William Bourchier, Viscount Bourchier, Edward Wingfield & Sir George Grey 2nd Earl of Kent
Anthony 2nd Earl Rivers 1442–1483 married Elizabeth Scales, 8th Baroness Scales
Mary 1443–148, married William Herbert 2nd Earl of Pembroke
Jacquetta 1444–1509 married John le Strang 8th Baron Strange of Knockin
John 1445–1469 married Catherine Nevill, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk
Lionel 1447–1484, Bishop of Salisbury
Martha 1450–1500 married Sir John Bromle
Eleanor 1452–1512 married Sir Anthony Grey
Richard 3rd Earl Rivers c. 1453–1491
Margaret 1454–1490 married Thomas Fitzalan 17th Earl of Arundel
Henry c. 1455–1489
Catherine c.1458-149, married Henry Stafford 2nd Duke of Buckingham & second Jasper Tudor, 1st Duke of Bedford
Agnes d.1506 married William Dormer
Thomas married Anne Holland
Richard fought in the French wars under King Henry V and John, the Duke of Bedford. He was knighted in 1426 at Leicester by King Henry VI, and in 1435 he was a knight bachelor in the Regent's court and is said to have been captured by the French at Gerberoy. He was his wife helped to escort Margaret of Anjou to England for her wedding to King Henry VI. He was created Lord Rivers on 09 May 1448 in tail male (only sons can inherit) and he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Towton, but received a pardon form Edward and created Lord Rivers 24 May 1466. After the Edward's defeat at the Battle of Edgecote, Richard and his second son, John, were taken prisoner, held at Chepstow, and executed without trial at Kenilworth on 12 August 1469 and buried at Pontrefract. His son, Anthony was the next Earl Rivers. Jacquette, Duchess of Bedford, died 30 May 1472.
Margaret Wydeville Arundel (1439 - 1491)*
Anthony Woodville (1440 - 1483)*
All Saints Churchyard
Metropolitan Borough of Wakefield
West Yorkshire, England
Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Record added: Feb 26, 2013
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