Heirs Who Never Took the Throne – Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

Arthur Tudor 20 September 1486 – 2 April 1502 Arthur Tudor was first born son of Henry Vll and his queen, Elizabeth of York. He was older brother to Henry Vlll and first husband of Catherine of Aragon. His death came as a shock to the entire kingdom. Without Arthur, Henry Vll no longer had "an heir and a spare." His son, Henry was now named Prince of Wales and was the only hope to carry on the Tud [More]

Did Queen Anne Neville Have An Uncle Who Was King?

  While searching for images of the Duke of Clarence I came across this image from the National Portrait Gallery, London.  I had never heard of Henry, Duke of Warwick and became intrigued.  Who was he and why is he portrayed with the Kingmaker, his family and the Duke of Clarence in this etching? From what I can tell, Henry was brother to Anne (Beauchamp) Neville.  They were children of Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, and Isabel le Despenser. Anne wo [More]

Did Elizabeth of York Want to Marry Her Uncle Richard lll?

To continue on the theme of Richard lll and his niece, Elizabeth of York - Were they planning to marry in the event of the death of the queen?     Here are a couple excerpts from, Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses, by Sarah Gristwood. Sir George Buck, who in 1619 wrote, History of King Richard the Third  says that he took this quote from a piece of a letter which Elizabeth of York wrote to her uncle, John Howard, Duke o [More]

Richard lll’s Family Tragedies

Excerpt from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain by Charles Phillips: The following year King Richard's 11 year-old son and only child, Edward, Prince of Wales died. Richard and his queen, Anne, were maddened with grief. The prospect of a Yorkist inheritance, so dear to Richard's heart, began to look extremely vulnerable and when, in March 1485, Queen Anne died after a prolonged illness, rumours circulated that Richard had had her killed so that he could bolster [More]