28 June 1491 – Henry VIII is born

Posted By on June 28, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 28th June 1491, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to her third child and second son at the Palace of Placentia (Greenwich Palace). The little boy was baptised “Henry” at the Church of the Observant Friars, Greenwich, by Richard Foxe, Bishop of Exeter and Lord Privy Seal.

At the time of his birth, Henry was “the spare” and so was not expected to become king. However, his brother, Arthur, Prince of Wales, died in 1502, making Henry heir to the throne. He became king on 21st April 1509 and ruled for over 37 years, until his death on 28th January 1547.

In today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, I give an overview of this Tudor king, his life and his reign.

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