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Margaret Pole and Syon abbey



In Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, 1473–1541, Hazel Pierce was unable to corroborate Richard Morisyne's assertion that as a young widow Margaret Pole made her home with the other Bridgettine nuns at Syon abbey. However, the household accounts of Lady Margaret Beaufort (held at St. John's College, Cambridge) reveal that this was indeed the case, recording payments to her from May 1505 until May 1509, the month before Lady Margaret Beaufort's death. This article provides evidence from these accounts, together with a brief analysis of the context in which they were made, and includes details of payments made by Lady Margaret Beaufort to another Syon incumbent, her goddaughter and, at the time of the Dissolution, prioress of Syon, Margaret Windsor.

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