Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Monday 17 May |
Saint of the Day: St. Rasso of Grafrath
Daily Prayer
And today we celebrate...Saint of the Day

Blessed Margaret Pole

Henry VIII decided to eliminate her whole family

Public Domain

Martyr: 1473-1541

Her life

+ Margaret was the daughter of the Duke of Clarence and was a niece of England’s kings Edward IV and Richard III. King Henry VII gave her in marriage to Sir Reginald Pole and the couple had five children.

+ Following her husband’s death, King Henry VII—who had described her as the “saintliest” woman in England, named her Countess of Salisbury and appointed her governess for Princess Mary.

+ When Henry VIII attempted to marry Anne Boleyn, Margaret disapproved and fell out of the king’s favor. In 1538, Margaret’s son, Cardinal Reginald Pole, wrote against the king’s attempts to claim control of the Church in England and Henry decided to destroy the Pole Family.

+ After having two of Margaret’s other sons executed, he had Margaret arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Because it was believed that no jury would convict her, she was never brought to trial.

+ Blessed Margaret Pole was beheaded on May 28, 1541. She was beatified in 1886.

Worth knowing

Following her execution, Blessed Margaret’s body was interred in the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, the “parish church” of the tower of London. This chapel is the resting place of many notable figures related to King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, including Saints John Fisher, Thomas More, and Philip Howard, as well as three of the wives of King Henry VIII.  


For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to these women, who despised life in the world, and have reached the rewards of the kingdom and washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.”—Entrance Antiphon for the Mass of a Holy Woman Martyr in The Roman Missal


O God, by whose gift strength is made perfect in weakness, grant to all who honor the glory of blessed Margaret that she, who drew from you the strength to triumph, may likewise always obtain from you the grace of victory for us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Martyrs—For a Holy Woman Martyr)


Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

Access our archives of daily saint biographies here
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Philip Kosloski
Ascension vs. assumption: What is the difference?
Philip Kosloski
Why Matthias was chosen to replace Judas as an apostle
Larry Peterson
Benedict XVI called him “one of the most unusual saintsR...
Philip Kosloski
How to pray the Divine Praises
Philip Kosloski
What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima?
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More