Written by Rebecca Larson Many ruling English monarchs fathered illegitimate children – Henry VIII was no exception. The one illegitimate child we know the most about is Henry Fitzroy, son of Elizabeth “Bessie” Blount. Henry Fitzroy – Born 15 June 1519 Henry Fitzroy was born 15 June 1519 to Elizabeth “Bessie” Blount and Henry VIII. The King thought he would never have a son – the birth, and survival of Henry Fitzroy proved to him that the problem stemmed from his [More]
I know I am not the only one who stares at portraits and compares them to find similar facial features. Someone suggested a side by side of their portraits to see which parent each child looks most like. I did my best to find images that looked similar. Please weigh in - in the comment section below! Hope you enjoy!
Elizabeth Blount came to court as a maid-of-honor to Katherine of Aragon. A maid-of-honor was considered a junior attendant under lady-in-waiting to the queen. She was more commonly known as Bessie. Bessie was the daughter of Sir John Blount and Catherine Pershall. Her father, Sir John, was known to be extremely loyal to the royal family. Not much is known about Bessie Blount in her early years - other than she was a great beauty. It was at court that the teenager caught [More]