King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

On this day in history, 30th October 1485, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry Tudor, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. Henry had come to the throne after his forces defeated those of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485.

Raphael Holinshed, the Tudor chronicler, recorded Henry’s coronation:

“[…] with great pomp he rowed unto Westminster, and there the thirtieth day of October he was with all ceremonies accustomed, anointed, and crowned king, by the whole assent as well of the commons as of the nobility, and called Henry the seventh of that name: which was in the year of the world 5452, and after the birth of our Lord 1485, in the forty and sixth year of Frederick the third then emperor of Almaine, Maximilian his son being newly elected king of the Romans, in the second year of Charles the eight then king of France, and in the five and twentieth of king James then ruling the realm of Scotland.”

Here is my 60-second history video on King Henry VII:

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