September 20 – The birth of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

| September 20, 2022

September 20 – The birth of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

On this day in Tudor history, 20th September 1486, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, was born at Winchester. Arthur was the first child of King Henry VII and his queen consort, Elizabeth of York. He was named after the legendary King Arthur and there were high hopes for him. Henry VII believed that Arthur would […]

September 15 – An archbishop and taxman

| September 15, 2022

September 15 – An archbishop and taxman

On this day in Tudor history, 15th September 1500, in the reign of Henry VII, John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury, cardinal and Henry’s Lord Chancellor, died at the archbishop’s country residence of Knole in Kent. Archbishop Morton was not a very popular man due to his role in Henry VII’s financial policies. However, he died […]

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 […]

July 18 – Edmund Dudley, a scapegoat

| July 18, 2022

July 18 – Edmund Dudley, a scapegoat

On this day in Tudor history, 18th July 1509, just three months into the reign of King Henry VIII, Edmund Dudley was accused of being a “false traitor” and was convicted of treason. Dudley had been one of King Henry VII’s closest advisors, but, along with his colleague, Richard Empson, was used as a scapegoat […]

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 […]