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 […]

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII

| January 28, 2013

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII

On the 28th January 1457, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry VII, was born at Pembroke Castle in Wales. Henry Tudor was the son of the late Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond (son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois), and his 13 year-old wife, Margaret Beaufort. Margaret Beaufort, Henry’s mother, was a […]

18 January 1486 – Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

| January 18, 2013

18 January 1486 – Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

On this day in history, 18th January 1486, King Henry VII united the Houses of Lancaster and York by marrying Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. In “The Crowland Chronicle Continuations: 1459-1486”, there is the following record of the marriage: “…after the victory of the said king Henry the Seventh, and […]

30th October – On this Day in History…

| October 30, 2011

30th October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 30th October… 1485 – Coronation of King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, at Westminster Abbey. Henry Tudor had claimed the crown of England after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field on the 22nd August 1485. See Battle of Bosworth 1485 Part 1 and Battle of […]