Tudor Archbishops of Canterbury

Thomas Bourchier

There were nine Tudor Archbishops of Canterbury. All were influential during the period. 1454 – 1486 – Cardinal Thomas Bourchier (1411 – 1486) Thomas Bourchier was born around 1411, the son of William Bourchier and … Read more

Why Did Henry VIII Have Six Wives?

Catherine of Aragon

Divorced, beheaded, died; Divorced beheaded survived The fate of Henry VIII’s six wives Henry VIII was King of England, Ireland and Wales from 1509 to 1547, during his reign he married six times. Two wives … Read more

Who Were The Tudor Nobility?

Jasper Tudor

A Summary of the most important Tudor nobles The Tudor nobility were those whose rank placed them below the monarch but above the common people. The titles held by the Tudor nobility were hierarchical – … Read more

Lady Jane Grey 1537 – 1554

Lady Jane Grey

Early Life Lady Jane Grey was born in October 1537. She was the eldest daughter of Henry Grey and Frances Brandon. Frances was Henry VIII’s niece, the daughter of his sister Mary and her second … Read more

Richard Empson 1450 – 1510

Richard Empson

Richard Empson was the son of Peter Empson and Elizabeth Joseph. His exact date of birth is not known but he is believed to have been born around 1450 in Towcester, Northamptonshire. Education and Work … Read more

Edmund Dudley 1462 – 1510

Edmund Dudley

Edmund Dudley was the son of Sir John Dudley of Atherington and Elizabeth Bramshott. He was born around the year 1462 in West Sussex. Education and Work Details of Dudley’s early education are not recorded … Read more

Tudor Money and Finance

A Tudor Shilling

  Coinage Tudor money was in the form of coins and there were no paper notes. At the beginning of the Tudor period,  the coins in existence were: a silver penny, a groat which was … Read more

Tudor Sports

Tudor Tennis

Tudor sports were not a regular feature of life for the ordinary people. They worked long hours, often from sun up to sun down, and went to bed when it got dark.  In 1512 Henry … Read more

Battle of Solway Moss 1542

James V of Scotland

Background In 1502 James IV of Scotland had forged a peace treaty with England and married Henry VII’s daughter Margaret. King Henry VII died in April 1509 and his son became King Henry VIII. Eager … Read more