Queen Margaret, of the Lancastrian party, is King Henry’s wife, the daughter of a penniless French nobleman, who brings no dowry with her to her marriage.
Meeting her husband, she soon finds him to be a great disappointment, thoroughly unmanly and non-regal. She has little patience for his bookishness and piety. Besides, she is deeply in love with Suffolk, who arranged for her marriage in the first place (see Henry VI Part One). A prideful woman, she cannot stomach the Duchess of Gloucester’s high-and-mighty airs, nor the Duke of Gloucester’s control of government, and she soon joins the court intrigues to bring them down, aiming to set her husband firmly in control of the country. As she herself can easily bully the King, she will therefore rule herself. Intelligent and cunning, she has a strong temper, but is also capable of coldly plotting an enemy’s death. She stiffens Henry’s spine as they are defeated in battle by York. Her further adventures are chronicled in Henry VI, Part Three.