JACQUETTA of Luxemburg, the fair young widow of the old war-like duke of Bedford, took for her second spouse his favourite knight, the brave and handsome sir Richard Woodville, when she came to England in 1435 to claim her dower. The time of the birth of her eldest child Elizabeth, the issue of marriage kept secret for fear of parliament, probably occurred in 1436. The matter burst out with great scandal the year after. Sir Richard was arrested and imprisoned in 1437; but as the king's mother [Catherine of Valois] had married in lower degree to Owen Tudor, the young king [Henry VI] was glad to pardon the second lady in his realm