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 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

Margaret Beaufort Countess of Richmond 1443 – 1509

  Early Years Margaret Beaufort was born on 31st May 1443 at Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire. She was the daughter of John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset and Margaret Beauchamp. Her father had fought a failed campaign in France and was about to be charged with treason. It is thought that Margaret’s father committed suicide in Spring … Read more

The Battle of Bosworth Field 22nd August 1485

  The Battle of Bosworth Field ended the Wars of the Roses. Henry Tudor was proclaimed King on the battlefield. The rule of the Plantagenets ended and the Tudor Dynasty began. Background In 1483, King Edward IV died. His son, Edward V was a minor and Richard Duke of Gloucester was made protector. Richard was … 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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