2 April 1502 – The Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Ludlow Castle

| April 2, 2014

2 April 1502 – The Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Ludlow Castle

On 2nd April 1502, fifteen year-old Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, died at Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches. It is not known what Arthur died of. The theories include consumption, diabetes, sweating sickness, testicular cancer and pneumonia. His wife of four months, Catherine of Aragon, […]

24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I

| March 24, 2014

24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I

On this day in history, the 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace. Elizabeth I’s death was the end of an era in so many ways: the end of England’s Golden Age, the end of a long reign (over 44 years) and the end of […]

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

| February 20, 2014

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

Following her birth on 18th February 1516, the future Mary I, was baptised on 20th February in the Church of the Observant Friars at Greenwich. The little princess was carried to the font by the Countess of Surrey and her godparents were Catherine Courtenay, Countess of Devon and daughter of Edward IV; Margaret Pole, Countess […]

Remembering Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley – 12 February 1554

| February 12, 2014

Remembering Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley – 12 February 1554

On 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were executed. Guildford was beheaded on Tower Hill and Jane was beheaded withing the walls of the Tower of London. Jane was sixteen years old and Guildford was around 18/19 years old. You can read all about their executions in my previous posts: […]

Elizabeth of York – 11 February 1466 to 11 February 1503

| February 11, 2014

Elizabeth of York – 11 February 1466 to 11 February 1503

On 11th February 1466, Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward IV, gave birth to the couple’s first child at Westminster Palace. The baby girl was baptised in St Stephen’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, with the Earl of Warwick standing as godfather and her grandmothers, the Duchesses of York and Bedford, standing as godmothers. The little […]

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII

| January 28, 2014

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII

On this day in history, 28th January 1457, King Henry VII (also known as Henry Tudor) was born at Pembroke Castle on the south-west coast of  Wales. His father was Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, and his mother was Lady Margaret Beaufort. Henry’s paternal grandparents were Owen Tudor, a former page to Henry V, […]

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

| January 27, 2014

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

Thank you so much to Yann Kergourlay for writing this post on the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris and for sharing these beautiful photographs. If you’re confused as to what this has to do with the Tudors, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, was crowned at St Denis, Anne Boleyn served Mary Tudor and Queen […]

18 January 1486 – The Wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

| January 18, 2014

18 January 1486 – The Wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

On this day in history, 18th January 1486, the founding member of the Tudor dynasty, King Henry VII, married Elizabeth of York, daughter of the late Edward IV, at Westminster Abbey. The service was conducted by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury. Sadly, we don’t have any contemporary accounts of the wedding ceremony or celebrations, but […]