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Henry Vii

Tomb of Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth of York Parents of King Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey

Birth of Henry VII: The Start of the Tudor Dynasty January 28 is also Henry VII's birthday. He was born into an illegitimate line, unable to claim the throne, but his mother had other plans. Margaret Beaufort worked with Elizabeth Woodville to place Henry Tudor on the throne, marry Elizabeth of York and bring an end to the Wars of the Roses.

Henry VII. He was the founder of the Tudor dynasty, father of Henry VIII. He killed King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, then married Richard's niece Elizabeth.

  • Kathy Foens

    Technically, he didn't kill him. He was busy hiding behind others in fear.

Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, grandmother of Henry VIII, Margaret, and Mary Tudor

U.K. Westminster Abbey, London / Henry VII's Lady Chapel - the flags are those of the present day Knights Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath.

  • Megan Jones

    This reminds me I'm going to church today,oh stupid harvest festival

Henry VII. After taking the throne, king Henry VII disarmed the nobility, a maneuver essential for consolidation and restoration of royal authority. The infamous Star Chamber was revived. He kept his promise to marry Elizabeth of York, thereby affirming his legitimacy. She bore him eight children, including the future King Henry VIII. An Historical Figure of England, Tudor Dynasty.

Elizabeth of York (11 February 1466 – 11 February 1503) was Queen consort of England as spouse of King Henry VII from 1486 until 1503, and mother of King Henry VIII of England. Elizabeth of York is the only English queen to have been a daughter (of Edward IV), sister (of Edward V), niece (of Richard III), wife (of Henry VII), mother (of Henry VIII) and grandmother (on the paternal side of Mary I, Elizabeth I and Edward VI) of English monarchs.

The original Crown used for the coronation of Henry VII, Henry VIII and his three children Edward V, Mary I and Elizabeth I has been recreated, it will be on exhibition at Hampton Court

  • T Flanagan

    Too funny, mrs. p! That'll be one "tricked out" ride. Don't they also have air fresheners that look kinda like that? :)

  • mrs. p

    Imma put that in the rear window of my Celica.

  • Edie Engel

    It's actually a modern replica of the original crown which was made using Tudor jeweler's methods.

  • Barbara Bellatti

    I did not proof read the description that came with this, but yes you are correct, he was Edward VI. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, I will pay more attention next time.

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Elizabeth of York (1466-1503) Her marriage to Henry Tudor, in 1486, unified the previously opposed families of York and Lancaster, creating a period of peace and prosperity. She was known for being gentle and kind to her subjects and to have enjoyed music and dancing. Their union produced seven children including Henry VIII. Henry VII deeply mourned the death of his wife following the birth of their last child Katherine in 1501.

  • Edie Engel

    Portrait of an Unknown Woman, c.1560, at the Victoria & Albert, so too late for Elizabeth.

In 2006 the remains of the chapel royal at Henry VII’s Greenwich Palace were discovered by Museum of London Archaeology. In this chapel Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves on 6th January 1540. The chapel royal can be seen in the photograph with its original Tudor tile floor.

Princess Mary Tudor, who was born on the 18th March 1496, the youngest daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, who inherited her father’s auburn colouring and the delicate loveliness of her mother and fabled grandmother, that astonishing and radiant beauty, Elizabeth Woodville. She raised quite a ruckus.

Worcester Cathedral, tomb of Arthur, Prince of Wales, elder son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, older brother of Henry (later VIII), first husband of Catherine of Aragon

  • Gayle Lechner

    Worcester Cathedral, not Worchester.

  • ~philosophia~

    Imagine how the entire world might have been if Arthur had lived to be king instead of Henry.

King Henry VII died here at Richmond Palace 21 April 1509---at the age of 52.

Elizabeth of York, Lancastrian wife of Henry VII and mother of King Henry VIII. Queen Elizabeth I was likely named after both of her grandmothers, each of whom was named Elizabeth.

  • Samantha Wilcoxson

    For that matter, her paternal grandmother was Cecily Neville. Also not an Elizabeth.

  • Zoenis Lopez

    Her mother was named Elizabeth, her maternal grandmother was Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers

  • Samantha Wilcoxson

    Elizabeth of York was clearly Yorkist, like her father Edward IV, not Lancastrian.

This is the death mask of England's King Henry VII (the father of King Henry VIII), who was the first Tudor monarch and reigned from 1485 to 1509. It is said to be the finest death mask in existence. It's also unusual in that his eyes are open.

  • Jane Bruce

    Is anyone watching the White Queen ? It's all about him ...excellent series

Elizabeth I burial is in Westminster Abbey, her sister Mary is buried beneath her in this tomb.

  • Kathleen Hyde

    After Katharine Parr became queen, yes, they had reconciled. But remember that Anne Boleyn had Mary (demoted to a mere lady) become one of the infant Elizabeth's ladies. There was a lot of very calculated debasement done to both Mary and her mother- Mary had reason to hate Elizabeth for what she stood for, though she herself did her no wrong. Regardless, the sentiment of the tomb is so very appropriate.

  • Rebecca Kinney

    They were close until Mary became queen, and paranoid. They had no reason to be enemies while their brother was king. But Mary always resented Elizabeth's mother.

  • Kathleen Hyde

    What's lovely about the tomb is that James I/VI placed a plaque there " Two sisters united in death". Brought tears to my eyes when I saw it- these two sisters should have been so much closer, but for thier tyrant of a father. Read about the emotional ploys Henry VIII used against Mary and her mother Katharine of Aragon- its really tragic

  • Sarah Rowan

    This is referring to Queen Mary I of England, Elizabeth I's half sister by Katherine of Aragon. She's also known as Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants.

  • Tara Williamson

    Mary was Elizabeth I cousin once removed not sister and Mary queen of scots has her tomb in Westminster abbey at the other side of the abbey as they were enemies!

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Margaret Beaufort, Mother of Henry VII, Grandmother of Henry VIII by lisby1, via Flickr

Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, parents of Henry VIII. Their marriage united the Houses of York and Lancaster. Her parents were King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. By marrying into the "enemie's" family, Henry hoped to instill unity and acceptance.

A diagram of the genealogy of the kings of England, including Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III, and Henry VII. England, S. E. (London or Westminster)

When William the Conqueror seized control of England in 1066, he ordered the construction of several forts on the Thames to defend London against attack. The most famous was the Tower of London, pictured here in the 1400s.

  • Nigette Spikes

    Dictionary of Torture will be out this year. It covers various tortures from around the world and through history.

Princess Mary Tudor, Queen of France, daughter of Henry VII of England Considered to be the most beautiful Princess in Europe, Erasmus said of her that "Nature never formed anything more beautiful."

Newly-unveiled portrait of Henry VIII's grandmother, Margaret Beaufort

After his death, aged 58, King Henry VIII’s body, while being moved to Westminster Abbey, swelled in the heat and exploded. The lead coffin burst open and according to one witness: “all the pavement of the church was with the fat and the corrupt and putrefied blood foully imbued.”

  • Tiffany R

    Check out the documentary by National Geographic called " The Madness of Henry VIII". They speak about this event that was apparently prophesied to Henry several years before his death.

  • Janet Pedersen

    I read about this, I don't think the coffin exploded but it did leak nasty bodily fluids.

  • Samantha

    I did see something on Queen Elizabeth I about the holes in caskets because if they didn't have one, it could have an "Adverse affect." *Shudder*

  • Amanda Brown

    It has happened before I just don't remember who. Bodies could explode but that was before they embalmed them and so the gasses from the body built up in the sealed casket and cause the explosion. Some older caskets would have a hole in the bottom to prevent this. King Henry VIII's body was embalmed.

  • Taylor Smith

    Im with Amanda- the temperature for a body to explode IN a lead coffin- seems bit much!

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Inside the body of Henry VIII documentary ~ The team of experts try to determine what kind of decease poisoned the blood of the King, changed his body, and character and annulated his ability to conceive healthy children

Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort of Edward IV; mother of Elizabeth of York, whose marriage to Henry VII joined the Lancaster and York factions and founded the Tudor dynasty.