A Beaufort at the Battle of Bosworth

Charles Somerset,
formerly Beaufort, (1460 – 1526)
1st Earl of Worcester (1514-1526)

Illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, second Duke of Somerset (1436–1464)
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The son of Somerset’s mistress Joan Hill, Charles Beaufort spent his early years in exile in Flanders and later in France until returning to England in 1485 as part of Henry Tudors small army. He was knighted by Tudor at Milford Haven on 7 August and shortly before the Battle of Bosworth changed his name to Somerset, possibly to avoid any suggestion that he had a better claim to the throne through his Beaufort blood than Tudor himself.
Made Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard and Royal Cup-Bearer
Fought at the Battle of East Stoke
Captain of Le Soveraigne, part of the fleet provided by Henry VI to assist Brittany against French aggression.
Sent by Henry VI sent to invest Emperor Maximilian with the Order of the Garter
Married Elizabeth Herbert, sole heir of William Herbert, earl of and as a result he acquired a substantial part of the lordships of Gower, Kilvey, Crickhowell, Tretower, and Raglan.
Made a knight of the Garter
Dispatched to France to renew the treaty of Etaples with the new French King, Louis XII.
Appointed as vice-chamberlain of the household during which time he was involved in the reception of Katherine of Aragon
Undertook an embassy to Maximilian to secure the banishment of Yorkist rebels resulting in a treaty of commerce and a promise by the emperor to keep the Yorkists under supervision in return for a payment of £10,000.
Made a Knight of the Body
Made Lord Herbert he acquired the lordships of Chepstow, Tudenham and Caldicot Castle. Later still he obtained the stewardship of Ruthin, the constableship of Ruthin Castle, steward for life of the lordship of Monmouth and Grosmont, constable of Monmouth Castle, sheriff of Glamorgan and the office of chief steward of the lordship of Abergavenny
Made a Royal Councillor.
Elizabeth Herbert died.
Married Eleanor, daughter of Edward Sutton, second Baron Dudley.
In command of the Central Division of Henry VIII expedition to France and involved in the siege of Thérouanne which was captured on 23 August.
Created Earl of Worcester.
Charged with repairing the fortifications of Tournai, captured shortly after Thérouanne.
Negotiated the surrender of Tournai to the French in return for 600,000 crowns.
Chief organizer of the “Field of Cloth of Gold” and used the occasion to display his ceremonial and organizational skills. Under Worcester's direction supervision commissioners were appointed to construct a private gallery connected to a temporary palace, ‘a honorable lodging’ erected by several thousand labourers and craftsmen, and a tournament field. Five thousand people were shipped across the channel, timber was floated down from the Netherlands and Kent and 4000 feet of glass was brought from St Omer.
Present at the reception of Emperor Charles V attesting the Anglo-imperial treaty of Windsor.
Died on 25 April and buried next to his first wife, Elizabeth Herbert.
In 1643 the 5th Earl of Worcester was elevated to Marquess of Worcester and by 1682 the 3rd Marquess was created 1st Duke of Beaufort, a line that extends unbroken to the present day.