I recently read an article about the possible discovery of the Paradise Bed. One such example is this: http://visitors.aucklandcastle…..adise_bed/. This and other articles claim this was the marriage bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. I’ve even seen one that alleges Henry VIII was conceived in the bed.
However, Alison Weir discusses the Paradise Bed in “Elizabeth of York” (published 2013, while the discovery of the bed was in 2010). She asserts that the Paradise Bed was possibly commissioned by Thomas Stanley, Earl of Derby, for the King and Queen while they were visiting him on progress in 1495. She states that the Paradise Bed was similar to one he had commissioned for himself. On August 3, the King and Queen stayed in detached royal lodgings at Derby’s hunting lodge at Knowsley. Weir writes, “If the Paradise Bed was at Knowsley, then Henry and Elizabeth slept it in it for just one night” (p. 321). It should also be noted that Henry VIII was already a small child by this point.
Is there any further information about the Paradise Bed’s origins?
February 24, 2010
I love that bed. I have my grandmother’s bedroom set which is only 100+ years old. There is a wood carving on all the pieces, but nothing as elaborate as this one. Just gorgeous.
I have Alison Weir’s, Elizabeth of York, but I haven’t read it yet. It is sitting here waiting for me. So, I won’t comment on Weir’s comment. I saw an article from the Daily Mail. Don’t know how accurate it is.
Your grandmother’s bedroom set sounds lovely! You’re so lucky to have it.
Yes, the Paradise Bed is quite amazing. The article you provide is a good one. I’m not done with Weir’s book, but I will say it’s an interesting read. I wouldn’t mind discussing it after you’re done. I find some pros and cons with Weir’s writing.
This article underscores what she says by stating, “[Jonathan Foyle] has traced it back to 1495, when Henry VII went to Lathom in Lanchashire to see the Stanley family, who had helped him to victory in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.” If this is so, then Henry VIII was NOT conceived in the bed. The symbolism of Adam and Eve/Christ and Mary is a very interesting feature, though.
I feel like these articles tack on Henry VIII due to his immediate recognition by a wider audience…but I suppose that’s the media’s style in general: say something wild and improbable in the headline to catch people’s attention.
January 3, 2012
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