June 17 – The Battle of Blackheath

| June 17, 2022

June 17 – The Battle of Blackheath

On this day in Tudor history, 17th June 1497, in the reign of King Henry VII, the Crown forces were victorious against the Cornish rebels at the Battle of Blackheath, or the Battle of Deptford Bridge, as it is also known. What caused the Cornish Rebellion? What happened at the Battle? And what happened afterwards? […]

June 16 – The last battle of the Wars of the Roses – and it’s not Bosworth!

| June 16, 2022

June 16 – The last battle of the Wars of the Roses – and it’s not Bosworth!

On this day in Tudor history, 16th June 1487, nearly two years after the Battle of Bosworth, the final battle between the Houses of York and Lancaster in the civil war that we call the Wars of the Roses took place. It was the Battle of Stoke Field and it was between Henry VII and […]

7 November – Henry VII attaints Richard III and his supporters, and Catherine Howard confesses

| November 7, 2021

7 November – Henry VII attaints Richard III and his supporters, and Catherine Howard confesses

On this day in Tudor history, 7th November 1485, Henry VII’s first parliament attainted King Richard III and his supporters. As well as Richard, who was referred to as Richard, late Duke of Gloucester, and a usurper, the list of those attainted for their treason in fighting against the king at Bosworth included the late […]

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 […]

20 Interesting Facts about Henry VII

| May 26, 2021

20 Interesting Facts about Henry VII

In my latest “Facts about…” video, I introduce you to the very first Tudor monarch, King Henry VII, with 20 interesting facts. Henry VII does seem to be a neglected monarch, as many people find his son, Henry VIII, and his granddaughter, Elizabeth I, far more interesting, but he deserves some attention, don’t you think? […]

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

| January 28, 2019

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

Today, 28th January, is the anniversary of the birth of King Henry VII in 1457, the death of his son, King Henry VIII, in 1547, and the accession of his son, Edward, as King Edward VI. You can read more about the death of Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace on 28th January 1547 and the […]

King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

| October 30, 2018

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 […]

28 January 1457 – The birth of a king

| January 28, 2018

28 January 1457 – The birth of a king

On this day in history, 28th January 1457, thirteen-year-old Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and wife of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, gave birth to her first and only child at Pembroke Castle in West Wales. She named the infant Henry after his half-uncle Henry VI and, like his half-uncle, Margaret’s son grew […]