Henry VII died of tuberculosis at Richmond Palace on 21 April 1509 and was buried in the chapel he commissioned in Westminster Abbey next to his wife, Elizabeth . He was succeeded by his second son, Henry VIII (reigned 1509–47).
Henry became King of England because he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field and declared himself king . His claim to the English throne by blood was weak. There is no evidence that Owen and Catherine were ever married, making Henry VII’s claim to the throne as a legitimate heir even more tenuous.
Richard III himself contemplated marrying her, but in 1485 Henry Tudor , who claimed to be the heir to the House of Lancaster and had sworn to marry Elizabeth, came from France with an army and defeated Richard at the battle of Bosworth.
CHARLES Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond , sits on a fortune of £215m and is the driving force behind the Goodwood Revival. More than 450,000 people attended the three-day event in West Sussex, some dressed in period costume to enjoy the extravaganza of automotive nostalgia.
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But by the time of his death, the King weighed close to 400 pounds. He had leg ulcers, muscle weakness, and, according to some accounts, a significant personality shift in middle age towards more paranoia, anxiety, depression and mental deterioration.
The condemnation of the murder of his own brother has caused him to go manic, and that’s why he also tries to convince himself that it was God who chose him to rule over France . It’s no wonder that Henry has been tripping! At least Henry named his first son Francis, possibly in honor of his brother too.
Romantic is not a word that is typically applied to Henry Tudor , but there is evidence that he and his Plantagenet bride, Elizabeth of York, had a happy marriage. Growing up in a large family, Elizabeth of York would have always known that she was loved, even as rebellions against her father sent them into sanctuary.
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The Tudor period in Britain extended from 1485 to 1603, when the House of Tudor controlled the English throne. There were five Tudor monarchs, and two of them were hugely influential: Henry VIII, who reigned from 1509 to 1547, and Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558 to 1603.
This was the high point of the Plantagenets ‘ Hundred Years War. The Plantagenet dynasty began when Henry II took the English crown in 1154. It split into the cadet branches of Lancaster and York in 1399, and was eventually replaced by the Tudors after Richard III lost the battle of Bosworth in 1485.
A native of Tournai, his six-year masquerade as Richard , Duke of York had come to an end two years previously. He died, not for his imitation of a Yorkist prince, but because of a plot to overthrow Henry VII. Warbeck’s welcome in Ireland fell short of that accorded an earlier Yorkist pretender, Lambert Simnel, in 1487.
Instead Henry kept him under house arrest – in his own lodgings and Lady Catherine was made a lady-in-waiting to the queen. It is recorded that Henry ‘treated Catherine like a sister’ and allowed Warbeck to see her – but banned them from sleeping together.
When Arthur died five months after their wedding, 18-year-old Catherine insisted she was still a virgin — and thus could still fulfill her destiny of becoming the Queen of England by marrying Arthur’s younger brother, Henry (Rauiri O’Connor).