Treaty of Medina del Campo 1489

Background Henry Tudor had succeeded to the English throne following the defeat of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in August 1485. His accession ended the 330 year rule of the Plantagenets … Read more

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

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

Jasper Tudor 1431 – 1495

Jasper Tudor

  Jasper Tudor was the uncle of King Henry VII and played an important role in aiding his accession to the throne and the founding of the Tudor dynasty. Childhood Jasper was born in 1431 … Read more

Edmund Tudor 1430 – 1456

Edmund Tudor

  Edmund Tudor was the father of King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty. Childhood Edmund was born in 1430 to Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudor. Catherine was the widow of King Henry … Read more

Elizabeth of York 1466 – 1503

Elizabeth of York

  Elizabeth of York was the daughter of King Edward IV. She married Henry Tudor after he defeated Richard III at Bosworth Field and became King. Their marriage ended the War of the Roses. She … Read more

The Practice of Keeping Retainers

King Henry VII

  Definition of Retainers In the Middle Ages the Feudal System established a link between the different classes. Under the system, land was provided in return for a fee or service. By the beginning of … Read more

Arthur Tudor 1486 – 1502

Prince Arthur

  Early Life Arthur Tudor was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at St Swithun’s Priory, Winchester, on 20th September 1486. Arthur was named after the legendary King Arthur to reinforce the lineage … Read more

Perkin Warbeck 1474 – 1499

Perkin Warbeck

  Early Life The origins of the pretender Perkin Warbeck are not known for sure. Historians have used information from the confession he made in 1497 to piece together his early life. Perkin Warbeck stated … Read more

What was England like in 1500?

London 1500

Population In 1500 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 … Read more