Henry VII Chronology 1489 – 1490


A chronology for the years 1489 and 1490 for Henry VII’s reign 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


The population of England was about 3 million. Due to yearly outbreaks of plague and sickness the population stayed at about this number. There was a general shortage of Labourers which meant wages were high and rents low.
Thomas Howard Released
Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, son of John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, was released from the Tower. He had been imprisoned following the Battle of Bosworth Field because he had fought for Richard III.
Yorkshire Rebellion
Parliament granted Henry a tax of £100,000 to help Brittany maintain independence from France. Henry felt the money would buy him an ally in Brittany and also give him a base if he wished to take land from France.
Royal commissioners were appointed to collect the tax but they were given a hostile reception by the people. The hostility was particularly strong in Yorkshire and the Earl of Northumberland was murdered and York put under siege by rebels.
Henry had no choice but to raise an army to keep the rebellion contained. The recently released Earl of Surrey proved himself loyal to the Tudors by helping to put the rebellion down.
27th March 1489
Treaty of Medina del Campo
This treaty between England and Spain agreed that Prince Arthur would marry Catherine of Aragon when they were both of age to marry. Catherine’s dowry would be 200,000 crowns.
2nd July 1489
Thomas Cranmer was born
A son, Thomas was born to Thomas and Agnes Cranmer in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire. He would later orchestrate the English Reformation and become Archbishop of Canterbury.
October 1489
Sovereign minted
A new coin was introduced. The golden sovereign depicted Henry VII wearing the imperial crown.
28th November 1489
Birth of Margaret Tudor
A daughter, Margaret, was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at the Palace of Westminster.
29th November 1489
Arthur Prince of Wales
Prince Arthur was made a Knight of the Bath and created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester.
Thomas More
Thomas More, aged 12 years, became a page in Archbishop Morton’s household.



Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2017). Henry VII 1489 – 1490 Chronology Available: https://www.tudornation.com/henry-vii-1489-1490-chronology Last accessed April 6th, 2020