Understanding the Man: Henry VIII (Part One)

Understanding the Man: Henry VIII (Part One)

As many of you may already know, King Henry VIII is my favorite monarch of the Tudor dynasty. If it wasn't for his reign I do not believe the Tudors would be as popular as they are today. With the creation of Showtime's THE TUDORS, many of us were aware of the name Henry VIII [...]

Clearing up the Portrait Confusion: Arthur and Henry

Clearing up the Portrait  Confusion: Arthur and Henry

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Arthur and Henry Tudor were brothers, so inevitably they looked alike. Today's topic is clearing up the confusion between which portrait is Arthur and which is Henry. The question really circulates around one portrait, the one of young Henry VIII at the beginning of his reign. This is the one [...]

Henry VIII turns on Katherine of Aragon

Henry VIII turns on Katherine of Aragon

When Henry VIII believed that Katherine of Aragon would no longer be able to give him a male heir he began to look for ways out of the marriage. Whether he truly believed his own statements, or if he was just looking for a way out, only he and his closest advisers would know. Henry's [...]

Arthur and Katherine Sent to Ludlow Castle

Arthur and Katherine Sent to Ludlow Castle

Merely three months after their marriage, Arthur and Katherine, Prince and Princess of Wales were sent to Wales to reside at Ludlow Castle to preserve ancient customs (as the letter states). Here is a letter from Henry VII to Katherine's parents (Ferdinand and Isabel) letting them know that Arthur and Katherine were sent to Wales to [...]