I remember when I first found “the Royals” in my family tree–in my direct line! I was so excited! I knew my daughters and sister would be happy about it–after all, they grew up on Disney Princesses and now they were kin to real queens and kings! Then, just in the last week, I heard a friend talking about how much she liked Philippa Gregory’s books about Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, and Jacquetta de Luxembourg! Well, I recognized those names, so I sat up and paid attention. As it turns out, Philippa Gregory writes historical fiction, and several of her books have been turned into movies. One of her series is about “The Cousins’ War–the war of the Roses in real life! A wonderfully succinct article in Wikipedia tells us about this series:
- The White Queen (2009) – The story of Elizabeth Woodville, the queen consort of King Edward IV of England and mother of Edward V.
- The Red Queen (2010) – The story of Lady Margaret Beaufort and her quest to place her son Henry Tudor on the English throne.
- The Lady of the Rivers (2011) – The story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the mother of Elizabeth Woodville.
- The Kingmaker’s Daughter (2012) – The story of Anne Neville, daughter of Warwick “the Kingmaker” and wife of Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, and later of Richard III of England, and of Anne’s elder sister Isabel Neville, wife of George Duke of Clarence
- The White Princess (2013) – The story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV. Wife of Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII of England.
(Also, The King’s Curse, formerly known as The Last Rose (TBA) – Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury)
The chronological order of the books is
- The Lady of the Rivers
- The White Queen
- The Red Queen
- The Kingmaker’s Daughter
- The White Princess
- The King’s Curse (not yet released)”
The Lady of the Rivers—I checked our family tree, and sure enough, Jacquetta de Luxembourg, Duchess of Bedford, is my 17th great-grandmother! This descendancy chart shows the relationship for me and all my Langhorne cousins of my generation.
Jacquetta “Duchess of Bedford” Luxembourg (1416 – 1472)-updated March, 2017.
is your 17th great-grandmother
Jacquetta Wydeville (1444-1479)
daughter of Jacquetta “Duchess of Bedford” Luxembourg
Joan Strange (1463 – 1514)
daughter of Jacquetta Wydeville
Jane Stanley (1485 – 1557)
daughter of Joan Strange
Edmund Sheffield, 1st Baron Sheffield (1521 – 1549)
son of Jane Stanley
Eleanor Sheffield (1538 – 1595)
daughter of Edmund Sheffield, 1st Baron Sheffield
John 1st Earl of Clare, Holles (1564 – 1636)
son of Eleanor Sheffield
Robert Hollis (1590 – )
son of John 1st Earl of Clare, Holles
Susanna Hollis (1613 – 1681)
daughter of Robert Hollis
Maj. Robert Beverley Sr. (1641 – 1687)
son of Susanna Hollis
Mary Beverley (1678 – )
daughter of Maj. Robert Beverley Sr.
Mary Rice (1683-1798)
daughter of Mary Beverley
Maj. William Langhorne (1721 – 1797)
son of Mary Beverley
Maj. John Scarsbrook Langhorne (1760 – 1797)
son of Maj. William Langhorne
Henry Scarsbrook Langhorne (1790 – 1854)
son of Maj. John Scarsbrook Langhorne
James Steptoe (blind) Langhorne (1822 – 1905)
son of Henry Scarsbrook Langhorne
Evaline (going blind when died young)) Langhorne (1866 – 1900)
daughter of James Steptoe (blind) Langhorne
Katherine Steptoe Houchins (1883 – 1943)
daughter of Evaline (going blind when died young)) Langhorne
Margaret Steptoe Kerse (1918 – 1980)
daughter of Katherine Steptoe Houchins
Helen Spear Youngblood
You are the daughter of Margaret Steptoe Kerse
—The White Queen–Jacquetta’s daughter Elizabeth Woodville, (1437-1492) became the Queen of England when she married King Edward IV of the Plantagenets. In Philippa Gregory’s work, Elizabeth is portrayed as the White Queen. In real life, she was my 17th Great Grand Aunt! Her mother , Jacquetta , Duchess of Bedford, Luxembourg (1416-1472) being my 17th great grandmother. I descend through Elizabeth’s sister, Jacquetta Wydeville, (1444-1479)who is my 16yh great grandmother.