|Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester Does Penance
|Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
In June of 1441 a way of destroying the reputation of the Duchess of Gloucester and removing her from public life was found when two men called Roger Bolingbroke and Thomas Southwell were arrested on charges of necromancy and witchcraft. A priest called John Hume informed on the pair, who were said to have been using the dark arts to predict the future of the young king; to find out how long he had to live and whether he would soon suffer a serious illness. They were imprisoned in the Tower of London and it is believed by some that their confessions were tortured out of them. But, fatally for Eleanor, Roger Bolingbroke implicated the Duchess and said that it was she who had asked him to tell the king’s fortune. Also, the Duchess was said to have gone to a witch called Margery Jourdemayne, also known as the Witch of Eye, for love potions designed to ignite the ardour of Duke Humphrey and help her bear a child.
|King Henry VI of England