Henry VII Chronology – What Happened 1485-1486?

King Henry VII 1485

A chronology of  the main events in the reign of King Henry VII from August 1485 to 1486 showing dates, events and details.


Events are coded:
 Births, Marriages and Deaths births marriages and deaths
Trials, Imprisonments and Executions trials and executions 
Wars, Battles and Rebellions Conflicts
Property and Possessions Property and Possessions
Titles and Appointments Titles
Acts of Parliament Acts of Parliament
Treaties and oaths treaties
Church and Religion Religion
Education, Art, Travel and Culture Culture


25th August 1485
William Catesby executed
William Catesby, who had been Richard III’s Chancellor, was executed.
17th October 1485
John Scott died
John Scott, Warden of the Cinque Ports, died.
27th October 1485
Henry VII Coronation Celebrations began
Celebrations to mark the coronation of King Henry VII began.
30th October 1485
Henry VII Coronation
Henry Tudor was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey.
13th November 1485
Coronation Celebrations Ended
The celebrations to mark Henry VII’s coronation ended. The celebrations were particularly lavish and Henry wanted to outshine the coronation of Richard III held two years earlier.
November 1485
First Parliament of Henry’s Reign Held
The first parliament of Henry VII’s reign was held. Due to the large numbers of nobles that had died in the Wars of the Roses only eighteen lords attended. They joined thirteen bishops and seventeen abbots.
6th November 1485
Titulus Regius repudiated
Henry repudiated Titulus Regius 1484, which had declared the marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville to be invalid and their children bastards.
16th December 1485
Birth of Catherine of Aragon
A daughter, Catalina was born to Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain in the Archbishop’s Palace at Alcala de Henares. Catalina was named after her mother’s grandmother, Catherine of Lancaster who was the daughter of John of Gaunt by his second wife Constanza of Castile.
Thomas Wolsey gained a degree
Thomas Wolsey, aged 15 years, became a Batchelor of Arts.
Act of Parliament
An Act was passed that gave back to the crown all lands which it had lost in the preceding thirty years of war.
18th January 1486
Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
Henry VII aged 28 years married Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter of King Edward IV, aged 20 years. The union was symbolised by joining the red rose of Lancaster with the white rose of York to form the Tudor Rose.
March 1486
Henry VII went on a Progress
Elizabeth of York went with Henry on a progress to the north of England. They were accompanied by 200 bowmen. Henry wanted to show the north of England that he was secure in London which he hoped would put off any would be Yorkist pretender to the throne. He made a great show of richness and grandeur which he hoped would inspire awe, respect and the affection of his people.
30th March 1486
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England, died.
11th May 1486
Bishop of Winchester
William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor, died.
20th September 1486
Birth of Prince Arthur
A son, Arthur, was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at Saint Swithun’s Priory, Winchester. He was named after the legendary King Arthur to reinforce the lineage of the new Tudor dynasty. He was created Duke of Cornwall.
24th September 1486
Prince Arthur baptised
Prince Arthur was baptised at Winchester Cathedral by the Bishop of Worcester.
6th October 1486
Archbishop of Canterbury
John Morton became Archbishop of Canterbury.


Published Jul 30, 2017 @ 7:07 pm – Updated – Mar 16, 2024 @ 9:53 am

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