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20 September 1486 – Elizabeth of York gives birth to Prince Arthur

| September 20, 2016

20 September 1486 – Elizabeth of York gives birth to Prince Arthur

On this day in history, just “afore one o’clock after midnight” on 20th September 1486, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to her first child. The baby boy was born at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester and was baptised in a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral on 24th September 1486. […]

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 14th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Tremlett,1 author of Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen, writes of how a huge wooden stage, measuring twelve feet by 350 feet, had been erected in the cathedral. It stood on four foot struts and its railings were […]

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII

| September 20, 2014

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII

On 20th September 1486, “afore one o’clock after midnight”, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to a baby boy at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester. Henry VII had decided that his first child would be born at Winchester, the place believed to have been the capital of the legendary Camelot, […]

2 April 1502 – The Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Ludlow Castle

| April 2, 2014

2 April 1502 – The Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Ludlow Castle

On 2nd April 1502, fifteen year-old Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, died at Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches. It is not known what Arthur died of. The theories include consumption, diabetes, sweating sickness, testicular cancer and pneumonia. His wife of four months, Catherine of Aragon, […]

2 April 1502 – Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales

| April 2, 2013

2 April 1502 – Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales

On this day in 1502, Arthur, Prince of Wales, son and heir of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, died at Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches. He was just fifteen years old, and had only been married to the Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon for four and a half months. It is not […]

20 September 1486 – Arthur, Prince of Wales, Born at Winchester

| September 20, 2012

20 September 1486 – Arthur, Prince of Wales, Born at Winchester

Today marks the anniversary of Arthur Tudor’s birth, According to Lady Margaret Beaufort, his grandmother, he was born at “afore one o’clock after midnight” on 20th September 1486 at Winchester in Hampshire. He was the son of Henry VII and his wife, Elizabeth of York, and was born just eight months after his parents’ marriage. […]

A Tale of Two Weddings – 14th November 1501 and 1532

| November 14, 2011

A Tale of Two Weddings – 14th November 1501 and 1532

According to the chronicler Edward Hall, it was on this day in history, St Erkenwald’s Day 1532, that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn secretly married:- “The kyng, after his returne [from Calais] maried priuily[privily] the lady Anne Bulleyn on sainet Erkenwaldes daie, whiche mariage was kept so secrete, that very fewe knewe it, til she […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon Leaves Spain for England

| September 27, 2011

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon Leaves Spain for England

On this day in history, 27th September 1501, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, the 15 year old Catherine of Aragon made a second attempt at sailing from Spain to England to marry Prince Arthur, heir to the English throne. Her first attempt on the 17th August had been a failure: strong storms in the […]