October 30 – Henry VII’s coronation

| October 30, 2022

October 30 – Henry VII’s coronation

On this day in Tudor history, 30th October 1485, King Henry VII was crowned king at Westminster Abbey in London. Henry Tudor, 2nd Earl of Richmond and son of Lady Margaret Beaufort and the late Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, had become king following the defeat of King Richard III’s forces, and the death […]

August 22 – The Battle of Bosworth Field

| August 22, 2022

August 22 – The Battle of Bosworth Field

On this day in history, 22nd August 1485, the forces of the returned exile Henry Tudor met those of King Richard III in battle in rural Leicestershire. Henry Tudor’s forces were victorious and Richard III was killed. Henry Tudor became King Henry VII and the Tudor period began. Let me explain what happened on this […]

30 October – Elizabeth I’s refusal to renew Robert Devereux and the coronation of Henry VII

| October 30, 2021

30 October – Elizabeth I’s refusal to renew Robert Devereux and the coronation of Henry VII

On this day in Tudor history, 30th October 1600, Queen Elizabeth I refused to renew Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex’s monopoly on sweet wines, saying that “an unruly horse must be abated of his provender, that he may be the easier and better managed.” It may not sound like a major event, but it […]

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

| January 28, 2015

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

On 28th January 1457, thirteen year-old Margaret Beaufort gave birth to a son at Pembroke Castle, West Wales. The infant was named Henry after his half-uncle Henry VI. Henry’s father Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, had died from the plague three months earlier (while imprisoned by Yorkists) so his mother had been taken in […]

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, […]

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 […]

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

| August 22, 2013

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

On this day in history, 22nd August 1485, the armies of King Richard III and Henry Tudor, son of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, met on a field near Market Bosworth in rural Leicestershire. Richard was killed in the battle and Henry was crowned King Henry VII, starting a […]

Henry VII: Winter King – A Review and Rundown

| May 31, 2013

Henry VII: Winter King – A Review and Rundown

Henry VII: Winter King was aired last night on BBC2 and was the latest programme in BBC2’s Tudor Court Season. It was presented by historian Thomas Penn, author of Winter King and was an excellent examination of the King who, as Penn pointed out, tend to be eclipsed by Richard III, the glamour and notoriety […]

Mastodon