Jasper was an adventurer whose military expertise, some of it gained in the early stages of the Wars of the Roses, was considerable. He remained in touch with Margaret of Anjou, queen of Henry VI, as she struggled to regain her son's inheritance, and he held Denbigh Castle for the Lancastrians. He also brought up his nephew, Henry Tudor, whose father had died before his birth, until 1461 when custody was taken over by William Herbert. Following the return of the Yorkist king Edward IV from temporary exile in 1471, Jasper took the teenage Henry with him into exile, this time in Brittany. It was thanks to him that Henry acquired the tactical awareness that made it possible to defeat the far more experienced Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. On Henry's accession in 1485, Jasper was restored to all his former titles, including Knight of the Garter. He was created Duke of Bedford and married the former Katherine Woodville, sister of Queen Elizabeth Woodville and widow of the Duke of Buckingham. In 1488, he took possession of Cardiff Castle. He died in December, 1495, and was buried at Keynsham Abbey in Somerset.
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