When it comes to the Wars of the Roses I am most attracted to it because it's cousins fighting over the throne of England. Richard, 3rd Duke of York attempted to take the throne from his cousin Henry VI but failed. Eventually his son, Edward, Earl of March would succeed as Edward IV, but not without many battles of his own. These wars are what eventually led to the Tudor Dynasty - the one my site is primarily based on. The beginning: Edward III's descendants are behind [More]
The Tudor Dynasty began when Henry VII took the throne of England, married Elizabeth of York and had children. You could argue that the Tudor dynasty began with Margaret Beaufort and Edmund Tudor or maybe even Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudor. For now, let's assume it began with Henry and Elizabeth. To make things a little easier to understand I tried to color code: Green: Children of Henry VII & Elizabeth of York (E.o.Y) Purple: Descendants of Margaret Tudor Blue: [More]
Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk by Susan Abernethy Website: The Freelance History Writer We would like to continue our series on Tudor queens by examining the life of Mary Tudor, the younger sister of King Henry VIII. She began as a victim of circumstances but ended up marrying the love of her life. Mary was the fifth child of Henry VII, King of England and his wife Elizabeth of York. She was born on March 18, 1496 at Richmond Palace and wa [More]
The Battle of Bosworth was THE battle that determined the entire future of England and quite possibly the husband of Elizabeth of York. Would Richard III continue as king, or would Henry Tudor take the throne of England for himself on the battlefield? On 1 August 1485, Henry Tudor and a company of some 2000 soldiers set sail from Seine estuary for Wales. On the 7th, the small army landed at Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, from where it advanced, unchallenged b [More]
I found a short 5-minute video on YouTube called, "Lady Margaret" - about the life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. It's very entertaining and educational at the same time, please take a minute to check it out as it was created by Historic Royal Palaces. It touches base on the Wars of the Roses, the impact she had on Princess Mary's (later Queen Mary I) life, her son Reginald Pole's betrayal of the King and her ultimate execution.