20 September 1486 – It’s a boy!

| September 20, 2017

20 September 1486 – It’s a boy!

On this day in history, Elizabeth of York, wife of King Henry VII, did her duty as queen consort and gave the king a healthy son. She did if first time too! Yes, on 20th September 1486, just “afore one o’clock after midnight”, Elizabeth gave birth to a baby boy at St. Swithun’s Priory in […]

20 September 1486 – Elizabeth of York gives birth to Prince Arthur

| September 20, 2016

20 September 1486 – Elizabeth of York gives birth to Prince Arthur

On this day in history, just “afore one o’clock after midnight” on 20th September 1486, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to her first child. The baby boy was born at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester and was baptised in a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral on 24th September 1486. […]

24 September 1486 – The Christening of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

| September 24, 2015

24 September 1486 – The Christening of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

On 24th September 1486, four days after his birth, Arthur, Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, was christened at a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral. During Elizabeth of York’s pregnancy, Arthur’s grandmother, Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, had written a set of ordinances for the birth of […]

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

| September 20, 2015

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

“Afore one o’clock after midnight” on 20th September 1486, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to a son at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester. The royal court had arrived in Winchester in early September. They had travelled there because Henry VII had wanted his first child to be born in […]

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 14th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Tremlett,1 author of Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen, writes of how a huge wooden stage, measuring twelve feet by 350 feet, had been erected in the cathedral. It stood on four foot struts and its railings were […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail from Spain

| September 27, 2014

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail from Spain

At 5pm on 27th September 1501, fifteen year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, set off from the port of Laredo in Spain bound for England. She was travelling to England because her parents and Henry VII had negotiated a marriage match for Catherine to marry Arthur, […]

24 September 1486 – Christening of Arthur, Prince of Wales

| September 24, 2014

24 September 1486 – Christening of Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 24th September 1486, Arthur, Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII, was christened at a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral. Arthur had been born on the 20th September but was not baptised straightaway because his intended godfather, John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, needed time to travel from Suffolk to Winchester. On […]

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII

| September 20, 2014

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII

On 20th September 1486, “afore one o’clock after midnight”, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to a baby boy at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester. Henry VII had decided that his first child would be born at Winchester, the place believed to have been the capital of the legendary Camelot, […]