Katherine Neville, Duchess of Norfolk

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Katherine Neville
Duchess of Norfolk
Born c. 1400
Died Aft. 1483
Family Neville
Spouse(s) John de Mowbray, 2nd Duke of Norfolk
Thomas Strangeways
John, Viscount Beaumont
John Woodville
John de Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Joan Strangeway
Catherine Strangeway
Father Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland
Mother Joan Beaufort

Katherine Neville or Catherine de Neville (born c. 1400 – died after 1483[1]) was the eldest daughter of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland (1364–1425) and Lady Joan Beaufort. Through her mother she was a granddaughter of John of Gaunt.[2]

On 12 January 1412, Katherine was married at the age of 12 to John Mowbray, 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1392–1432). Their only known child was John de Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1415–1461).

Katherine married for a second time to Thomas Strangeways (c. 1395-before 1442)[3] - they had 2 daughters:

She married for a third time to John, Viscount Beaumont, who was killed in 1460.

Her fourth and last marriage was infamous, known by contemporaries as the "diabolical marriage".[1] She married John Woodville, brother of Queen Elizabeth Woodville. He was 19 years old at the time of their marriage, while she was 65. Nonetheless, she survived him, as he was executed in 1469 after the Battle of Edgecote, on the orders of her nephew Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, during a brief period of Lancastrian readeption. Whether or not she was forced into her final marriage against her will is unclear, but it added to the deep dislike of the Queen's family among the ruling class, which greatly weakened the Yorkist dynasty.[6]

She was still alive in 1483, having survived all her children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Neville family
  2. ^ Green., 82
  3. ^ Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham, Plantagenet ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2004
  4. ^ Bruce Harrison, The Family Forest Descendants of Lady Joan Beaufort, Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc, pp 15, 34
  5. ^ Descent of Herbert Clark Hoover from Edward III
  6. ^ Ross, Charles Edward IV Eyre and Methuen 1974 p.93


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