A chronology of Tudor Births, Marriages and Deaths
Birth of John Colet
A son, John was born to Henry Colet in London. John Colet would become a notable christian humanist.
Birth of Thomas Wolsey
A son, Thomas, was born to Robert Wolsey, an Ipswich butcher and his wife Joan. At this time the butchery trade was considered to be one of the lowest trades. Wolsey would become Henry VIII’s chief minister.
Birth of Cuthbert Tunstall
A son, Cuthbert was born, the illegitimate son of Thomas Tunstall of Thurland Castle. He would later succeed Thomas Wolsey as Bishop of Durham.
7th February 1478
Birth of Thomas More
A son, Thomas was born to John More and his wife, Agnes. John More was a struggling lawyer living in Cripplegate, London. Thomas would later become Chancellor to Henry VIII.
Birth of Thomas Cromwell
A son, Thomas, was born to Walter Cromwell, a blacksmith and his wife Katherine in Putney, London. He would rise to become Chancellor to Henry VIII.
16th March 1485
Anne Neville Died
Anne Neville, Queen consort to Richard III, died probably from tuberculosis.
17th October 1485
John Scott died
John Scott, Warden of the Cinque Ports, died.
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.
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.
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.
24th September 1486
Prince Arthur baptised
Prince Arthur was baptised at Winchester Cathedral by the Bishop of Worcester.
Birth of Thomas Audley
A son, Thomas, was born to Geoffrey Audley and his wife in Earls Colne, Essex. He would go on to become Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII.
Birth of Myles Coverdale
Myles Coverdale was born in Yorkshire. He would later produce the first translation of the Bible into English.
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.
28th November 1489
Birth of Margaret Tudor
A daughter, Margaret, was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at the Palace of Westminster.
28th June 1491
Birth of Henry VIII
A second son, Henry, was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at Greenwich Palace.
early July 1491
Prince Henry Baptised
Prince Henry was baptised in the Church of Observant Friars at Greenwich Palace by Richard Foxe, Bishop of Exeter.
8th June 1492
Death of Elizabeth Woodville
Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of Edward IV, mother of Edward V and Elizabeth of York, died at Bermondsey Abbey. She was buried at Windsor Castle.
2nd July 1492
Princess Elizabeth born
A second daughter, Elizabeth, was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at Sheen Palace in Surrey.
17th November 1493
Birth of John Neville
John was born the son of Richard Neville, 2nd Baron Latimer and Anne Stafford. He married 3 times, his third wife being the sixth wife of Henry VIII, Katherine Parr.
31st May 1495
Cecily Neville died
Cecily Neville, the mother of both Edward IV and Richard III, died.
14th September 1495
Death of Princess Elizabeth
Henry VII’s youngest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, died of atrophy at Eltham Palace.
27th September 1495
Funeral of Princess Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth was buried in a tomb in Westminster Abbey.
21st December 1495
Jasper Tudor died
Henry VII’s uncle, Jasper Tudor, died.
18th March 1496
Birth of Princess Mary
A daughter, Mary was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at Richmond Palace.
Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon betrothed
Prince Arthur and Catheine of Aragon were formally betrothed at the Palace of Woodstock. The Spanish ambassador to England stood as proxy for Catherine.
Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon
To enable them to marry before reaching legal age, both Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon made formal appeals to the Pope to grant the necessary dispensation.
24th March 1498
Edward Stafford, Earl of Wiltshire, died
Birth of Prince Edmund
A son, Edmund, was born to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at Greenwich Palace.
19th May 1499
Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon
The marriage of Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon took place at Prince Arthur’s manor house at Bewdley. The Spanish ambassador de Puebla stood as proxy for Catherine.
3rd March 1500
A son, Reginald, was bor to Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, daughter of Edward IV’s brother George, and Sir Richard Pole. He would become a Cardinal and fierce opponent to Henry VIII’s reformation.
after 9th June 1500
Ferdinand kept Catherine in Spain
Ferdinand of Aragon had learned of the meeting of Henry VII with Philip of Burgundy and was concerned that Henry was about to abandon the treaty with Spain and make a new marriage for Prince Arthur with Burgundy. He delayed sending Catherine to England until he was sure the marriage would go ahead.
19th June 1500
Prince Edmund died
Henry VII’s third son, Edmund, died at the Old Palace, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
28th July 1500
Dispensation for Marriage of Princess Margaret to James IV
Henry VII was confident that the marriage alliance with Scotland would go ahead and so obtained the necessary dispensation from the Pope. The dispensation was necessary because Margaret and James were fourth cousins both descendants of John Beaufort.
15th September 1500
John Morton died
John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury, died.
Birth of Anne Boleyn
A daughter, Anne, was born to Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, at Blickling Hall, Norfolk.
22nd January 1501
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, died before his consecration.
Prince Arthur wedding arrangements
A platform was constructed outside St Paul’s Cathedral so that Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon could be witnessed taking their vows by the people of London.
14th November 1501
Marriage of Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon
Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon were married at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Henry Deane assisted by the Bishop of London, William Warham. The couple took their vows on a raised platform so that they could be seen by the people.
20th November 1501
Princess Margaret marriage arrangements
Negotiators from Scotland arrived in London to discuss arrangements for the marriage of Princess Margaret to James IV of Scotland. They were invited to attend the wedding celebrations for the marriage of Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon and were impressed by their extravagance.
Prince Arthur died
Prince Arthur died from a viral infection at his castle in Ludlow. Messengers were sent to London to take the news to King Henry VII.
23rd April 1502
Prince Arthur funeral
The funeral service for Prince Arthur took place in the Parish Church at Bewdley. Arthur’s coffin was then taken to the Abbey of St Wulfstan in Worcester for burial.
Marriage negotiations for Catherine and Henry
The Spanish ambassador, de Puebla, suggested a possible marriage between Catherine and Prince Henry.
Birth of Thomas Wyatt
A son, Thomas, was born to Sir Henry Wyatt and his wife Anne at Allington, Kent.
2nd February 1503
Birth of Princess Katherine
A daughter, Katherine, was born to Queen Elizabeth and Henry VII at the Tower of London.
11th February 1503
Death of Elizabeth of York
Queen Elizabeth died from complications following the birth of her daughter, Katherine.
12th February 1503
Death of Princess Katherine
Princess Katherine died.
24th February 1503
Elizabeth of York Funeral
The body of Queen Elizabeth had been embalmed and placed in a lead-lined coffin. The coffin was then drawn through the streets in procession to Westminster Abbey where it lay in state before burial.
Henry VII Remarriage
With only one surviving male heir, Henry knew that the Tudor line was not secure. He therefore began to think of remarrying. His first choice was Arthur’s widow, Catherine of Aragon, who was in good health and looked strong enough to bear sons. Her dowry was settled and Henry thought that the Spanish sovereigns would approve the match.
25th June 1503
Prince Henry and Catherine of Aragon Betrothed
Prince Henry and Catherine of Aragon were formally betrothed by the Bishop of Salisbury.
Henry VII possible remarriage
Isabella of Spain, who wanted to strengthen the relationship between England and Spain, offered the hand of her niece, Joan, Queen of Naples, to Henry VII.
Henry VII possible remarriage
Louis XII had heard that Henry VII was considering remarriage and offered Henry the hand of his niece, Germaine de Foix.
8th August 1503
Princess Margaret married James IV of Scotland
Princess Margaret married James IV of Scotland in the monastery of Holyrood House.
26th December 1503
Marriage of Prince Henry and Catherine of Aragon
The Pope granted the necessary dispensation allowing the marriage of Prince Henry and Catherine of Aragon.
Harvard Reference for this page:
Heather Y Wheeler. (2017). Tudor Births Marriages and Deaths Chronology Available: https://www.tudornation.com/tudor-births-marriages-and-deaths-chronology Last accessed April 5th, 2020