Princess Mary Tudor, King Louis XII of France & the Duke of Suffolk

13 August 1514 Princess Mary of England, sister to Henry Vlll, was married by proxy to the aged King Louis Xll of France to help strengthen the alliance between the two countries.  On 9 October 1514 they were officially married.  Just 82 days later on 1 January 1515 King Louis XII abruptly died. Mary had made an agreement … [More]

Six Wives of Henry VIII

Wife #1: Catherine of Aragon Marriage Status: Divorced Parents: Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile Born: 16 December 1485 Marriage: King Henry VIII: 11 June 1509 Marriage Dissolved: 1533 Death: 7 January 1536 Surviving Children: Mary I of England “In this world I will confess myself to be the king’s true wife, and in … [More]

3 Generations: Plantagenet Women

3 Generations: Margaret Pole, Ursula Pole & Dorothy Stafford                     Ursula Pole Stafford – via Tudor Chronicles: Ursula Pole was born in 1504 and was the only daughter of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury and Sir Richard Pole. Making Ursula the granddaughter of the Duke of Clarence … [More]

Tudors or Plantagenets: which royal dynasty put the great into Britain?

Tudors or Plantagenets: Which Royal Dynasty Put the Great into Britain? – The Telegraph “Which dynasty was the greatest for Britain: the Tudors – as portrayed in Wolf Hall – or the Plantagenets?” What a question!  Great Britain didn’t exist until Elizabeth l named James Vl of Scotland (James l of England) her successor.  James was also … [More]

Anne Boleyn: Poisoner or Witchcraft?

You’ve most likely heard the stories, or accusations, of Anne Boleyn trying to poison her enemies – do you think she did? Witchcraft was nothing new to Tudor England. During the reign of Edward lV his queen consort, Elizabeth Woodville and her mother Jacquetta, Countess Rivers (dowager Duchess of Bedford) were also accused of the … [More]

Who was Princess Mary of York?

On 11 August 1467 Princess Mary was born at Windsor Castle. She was the second child/daughter of Edward lV and his queen consort, Elizabeth Woodville. She was the younger sister of Elizabeth of York who later became queen to Henry Vll. Excerpt from: History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham The Children Who Predeceased Edward IV In 1481, … [More]

Heirs Who Never Took the Throne – Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

Arthur Tudor 20 September 1486 – 2 April 1502 Arthur Tudor was first born son of Henry Vll and his queen, Elizabeth of York. He was older brother to Henry Vlll and first husband of Catherine of Aragon. His death came as a shock to the entire kingdom. Without Arthur, Henry Vll no longer had “an … [More]

Heirs Who Never Took The Throne – Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales

                National Portrait Gallery: The eldest son of James I and Anne of Denmark, Henry was by all accounts a remarkable prince; intelligent and learned, he excelled in feats of arms and was an informed patron of the arts. This portrait by his official artist Robert Peake is … [More]