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

Arthur Tudor
20 September 1486†Ė 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 Tudor dynasty.

after Unknown artist, stipple and line engraving, early 18th century

after Unknown artist, stipple and line engraving, early 18th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes from The Freelance History Writer – Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales:

Arthur Tudor was born shortly after midnight on September 20, 1486, just eight months after his parentís marriage. King Henry was optimistic and insisted his son be born at Winchester, the legendary capital of King Arthurís Camelot. Henry also required the child be named Arthur anticipating his reign and dynasty would bring back the golden age of the legendary king. Arthurís christening took place at Winchester Cathedral. The baptism rites followed the etiquette observed for all of King Edward IVís ten children. He was christened in front of the entire congregation, including the remaining members of the Yorkist nobility and their wives. His principal godmother was his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Woodville.

When Henry Vll was informed of the death of his Prince of Wales:

The King was shocked and immediately sent for Queen Elizabeth. She saw her husbandís grief and did her best to comfort him. She reminded him that he was the only child of his mother and they had their son Henry and their daughters Margaret and Mary. She also reminded him they were still young and could have more children. She felt they needed to accept their misfortune. Henry thanked her for her words and Elizabeth returned to her apartments. Once Elizabeth was with her women, she broke down, weeping in the deepest grief. Her ladies called for the King to comfort her. He arrived and did his best to soothe her reminding her of her own brave words to him before.

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Prince Arthur, c. 1500.

circa 1501

circa 1501

by H. Crowe, after  Unknown artist, etching and aquatint, late 18th-early 19th century

by H. Crowe, after Unknown artist, etching and aquatint, late 18th-early 19th century

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