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 […]

18 January 1486 – The wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

| January 18, 2018

18 January 1486 – The wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

On this day in history, twenty-nine-year-old King Henry VII, who’d been king since his victory at the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, married twenty-year-old Elizabeth of York, daughter and eldest child of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. The service was conducted by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey. Over two […]

60 second history – Henry VII

| March 2, 2017

60 second history – Henry VII

I’ve just recorded the second video in my “60 second history” series and this one is on King Henry VII. If you missed my post on the first video, the idea of this series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Everyone’s got a minute to spare! I plan to go […]