60 Second History video series – The Tudor Dynasty

| February 22, 2017

60 Second History video series – The Tudor Dynasty

I’ve just started a new video series on YouTube called “60 Second History”. The idea (thank you, Tim, for the brainwave!) is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. I’m going to cover lots of different aspects of Tudor history but the first video is on the Tudor dynasty, just outlining the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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

| January 18, 2012

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

On the 18th January 1486 Henry VII married Elizabeth of York, uniting the Houses of Lancaster and York and establishing a new royal house: The House of Tudor. Henry Tudor had become King on the 22nd August 1485 when he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. He was crowned King on the 30th […]

A Tale of Two Henrys – The Birth of Henry VII and the Death of Henry VIII

| January 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Henrys – The Birth of Henry VII and the Death of Henry VIII

It is interesting that on this day in 1457 Henry VII was born and on this day in 1547 (weird digit thing going on here!) his son, Henry VIII, shuffled off this mortal coil. So, Happy 554th Birthday to one Henry and RIP to the other! The Birth of Henry VII Henry VII was born […]

Henry VII Marries Elizabeth of York

| January 18, 2011

Henry VII Marries Elizabeth of York

On this day in history, 18th January 1486, King Henry VII married Elizabeth of York. The bridegroom was 29 years old and the bride was nearly 20 and they were, as David Starkey describes them, “a striking couple”1. Elizabeth of York “was one of the beauties of her age” with her classic English Rose looks […]