Katherine of Valois

Contemporary portrait of Lady Cecily Neville (1415-1495), the mother of Edward IV and Richard III.

RED ROSE~~ The Marriage of Catherine of Valois and Henry V of England, the winner at the Battle of Agincourt, in1420. Their marriage lasted only 2 years, then Henry died due to the cold. Catherine gave birth to future Henry VI and entered into an amorous relationship with the keeper of her household or wardrobe, Owen Tudor.

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.

Princess Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France and sister of Henry VIII

John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (c. 1371-1410), legitimized son of John of Gaunt (son of Edward III) and Katherine Swynford; ancestor of the Tudor dynasty.

Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon, son of Mary Boleyn, nephew of Anne Boleyn, possible son of Henry VIII

Margaret of Anjou (c.1429-82) wed Henry VI of England at 15. After raising an army to defend herself from the vultures that were gathering now that Henry VI was deemed mentally incompetent, Margaret restyled herself a warrior-queen. She led several victories during the War of the Roses before she & her family escaped to Scotland. In 1462 she went to France to seek help from Louis XI-he gave her re-enforcements. Back in England, things went well until Margaret's only child was slain by Edward...

*Catherine of Valois, d. 1436 looking serene and not at all plotting to get it on with Owen Tudor.

Catherine de Valois. The mother of the Tudor dynasty. Wife of Henry V and Owen Tudor. With her second husband Owen Tudor she bore a son Edmund who married Margaret Beaufort who would then produce a new king for England King Henry VII. The first of the Tudors

Arthur, Margaret, Henry, and Mary Tudor. The surviving children of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Prince of Wales, Queen of Scotland, King of England, and Queen of France.

group of Tudor objects recovered from the Mary Rose including a leather shoe, comb, spoon and rosary beads

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister, is not to be confused with Mary Tudor, Henry's daughter, who is known as Bloody Mary. Henry's sister was first married to Louis XII of France, much against her will. She was 19 at the time; Louis was 52. He only lived for 3 months after the wedding -- Mary then secretly married Charles Brandon, the Earl of Suffolk -- a close friend of Henry VIII's.

Undressed funeral effigy of Catherine de Valois, Queen of England, paternal grandmother of Henry VII, paternal great-grandmother of Henry VIII.

Catherine Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn, niece of Anne Boleyn, possible daughter of Henry VIII

Anne of Kiev 1024 - 1075 Wife of Henri I of France called the "mother" of European royalty because almost all royals trace their lineage back to her. Ancestor

Jasper Tudor son of Owen Tudor and Katherine of Valois (widow of Henry V) and half brother of Henry VI. Brother of Edmund Tudor (father of the future Henry VII). Jasper played a major role on behalf of the Lancastians in the Wars of the Roses and was with his nephew Henry Tudor in exile in Brittany. He married during Henry VII's reign, but had no legitimate heir.

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

King Henry VII, father of Henry VIII and Arthur, Prince of Wales

Elizabeth Wydville, mother of Elizabeth of York (wife of King Henry VII), grandmother of Arthur, Margaret, Henry, and Mary Tudor

Henry VII 1457 - 1509) was King of England. Henry won the throne when his forces defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of England to win his throne on the field of battle. Henry was successful in restoring the power and stability of the English monarchy after the political upheavals of the civil wars known as the Wars of the Roses. He founded the Tudor dynasty and was succeeded by his son, Henry VIII.