A Tudor Christmas – How did they celebrate?

A Tudor Christmas was celebrated primarily as a religious festival and also as a time for families to come together and celebrate surviving through another year. The main period of festivities was the twelve days of Christmas beginning on Christmas Day (25th December) and ending on Epiphany (6th January). For most people this period was … Read more

What was King Henry VII’s Foreign Policy?

When Henry VII became King in 1485 his foreign policy had four main aims: secure the throne; establish the Tudor dynasty; gain recognition from European monarchs increase revenue through foreign trade. Aim 1 – Secure the throne Background Henry VII had become King after defeating and killing Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. … Read more

Why Did Henry VIII Have Six Wives?

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 were divorced, two executed, one died and one out-lived Henry. But why did he have so many wives? This article … Read more

Who Were The Tudor Nobility?

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 – Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, Baron, Knight. In total there were around 1,500 members of the  nobility in the Tudor period, … Read more

Who Were The Tudor Kings and Queens?

There were a total of six Tudor kings and queens, but only five of them were crowned. They are arguably the most famous and popular of  the British monarchs, ruling over a period of great change in culture, philosophy and religion. The Tudor kings and queens were devout, educated and powerful people. They promoted their … Read more

Why Did Queen Elizabeth I Have So Many Portraits Painted?

  People That Shaped Elizabeth’s Character Early Childhood Elizabeth had had a turbulent childhood. For the first three years of her life she was the Princess of the court. Then her mother, Anne Boleyn, had been executed for treason. Elizabeth was declared illegitimate after her parent’s marriage had been pronounced invalid. Although she had lived … Read more

The Wars of the Roses – How did the Tudors come to power?


War of the Roses - Red Rose of Lancaster  War of the Roses - White Rose of York

The Wars of the Roses is the name given to a series of conflicts in the fifteenth century fought between the members of the House of Lancaster and the House of York.  It was called the Wars of the Roses because the House of Lancaster was represented by the red rose and the House of York was represented by the white rose.

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