Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester - Tewkesbury Abbey

walwyn Fri, 08/19/2011 - 20:02
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Beauchamp Chapel tomb medieval tewkesbury


This two storied tomb for Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester (d1421) was built in 1430 by his wife Lady Isabel le Despenser, the great grand-daughter of Edward III. It was probably meant to contain priant figures of both Richard, Isabel, and her second husband Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, who was her first husband's cousin.


Isabel's father, Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester, had been executed in 1400, for his part in the Epiphany Rising, against Henry IV, to restore the deposed Richard II to the throne. Isabel's daughter from her second marriage, Anne de Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick, became the wife of the "Kingmaker" Richard Neville, whose youngest daughter Anne Neville became the Queen consort of Richard III of England, who many blamed for having killed her first husband Edward (the only son of Henry VI) at the Battle of Tewkesbury.