November 17


Famous Nobles That Married Commoners

Let us be honest here.

You can’t possibly tell me that you’ve never fantasized about meeting a handsome prince by accident, falling in love and overcoming all adversities to be together.

Who hasn’t?

(I mean, the man has flowing golden hair, blue eyes, and a while horse. A white horse, people!)

We’ve seen it happen in fairy tales, we’ve seen it happen in movies, and of course, we’ve seen it happen in books.

And we’ve seen it happen in real life too!

Who ever said that true love and story-worthy romances only ever happen in people’s imagination?

Well, whoever did probably had not heard about these couples that fought against society and the differences in their social standing in order to spend their lives together!

Edward IV and Elizabeth Goodville

A widow and single mother of two boys, Elizabeth Goodville was so beautiful that King Edward IV, who had ascended the throne, fell so madly in love with her that he was determined to make his queen regardless of the controversy and outrage that would cause.

To absolute horror of the Royal Council, Edward married Elizabeth in secret at Groby Chapel and she was crowned Queen in 1465.

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Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudors

As Henry V’s young widow and dowager Queen, Catherine was one powerful woman, with both the will and the way to take her life into her own hands.

So, she wasted no time and immediately employed Welshman Owen Tudors into her service as her Clerk of Wardrobe. Not long after his hiring, Catherine fell pregnant. It is said that the couple left court for a while and married in secret. They had three children and through their union, a new royal dynasty was born: the Tudors.

Portrait of Catherine of Valois. Artist French School. Credit: Public Domain

John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford

I’m sure you have read the classic Governess story. After all, when it comes to Regency romances, it’s one of the most popular tropes out there.

Well, let me tell you, it happens in real life too!

And it happened for Miss Katherine Swynford in 1396, when John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster decided to make her his wife. At the time, Katherine was already the widow of on of the Duke’s retainers and the governess of his three daughters.

Despite being the richest magnate in England with two marriages of his own already, John proceeded to make the low-born widow his Duchess after a decades-long romantic affair.

John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford, their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Lancaster.

Let it be known that nothing can stand in the way of true love. Edward and Elizabeth married despite the Royal Council’s disgust. Catherine took matters into her own capable hands and seized the chance to marry for love. And John and Katherine enduring romance finally paid off when they managed to marry in the eyes of God and men.

Who knows, your own prince charming could be waiting just around the corner!

All my love,


Articles, Regency Romance

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  • I’m fairly certain, without taking the time to look it up that it was Elizabeth Woodville, not Goodville. Their eldest sons became the 2 princes in tower. For most of history, their father’s brother Richard 3rd was blamed for their death. The eldest daughter of Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward (also named Elizabeth), married Henry Tudor after his forces won the battle of Bosworth field, thus uniting both sides in the War of the Roses. Henry Tudor became Henry 7th. They became the parents of several children, including Henry 8th.

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