Henry VII & Elizabeth of York

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Henry VII

Born: January 28, 1457 at Pembroke Castle, Wales

Died: April 21, 1509 at Richmond Palace, England

Reign: August 22, 1485 – April 21, 1509

Coronation: October 30, 1485

Father: Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond

Mother: Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond

Siblings: None

Spouse: Elizabeth of York

Wedding: January 18, 1486

Marriage: Henry VII pledged to marry Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, in December of 1483 as part of a scheme to depose Richard III. Their eventual union in 1486 helped solidify Henry’s claim to the throne and the House of Tudor saw the consolidation of Lancastrian and Yorkist claims to the throne (though, there remained Yorkists unhappy throughout Henry’s reign). What Henry and Elizabeth thought of each other is unknown, though Henry was faithful throughout their marriage and they appear to have been mutually devoted to raising their children.

Children: Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales; Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland; Henry VIII; Elizabeth Tudor; Mary Tudor, Queen of France; Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset; Katherine Tudor

Famous for: The Battle of Bosworth; trumping Perkin Warbeck; his children


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Elizabeth of York

Born: February 11, 1466 in London, England

Died: February 11, 1503 in London, England

Consort: January 18, 1486 – February 11, 1503

Coronation: November 25, 1487

Father: Edward IV

Mother: Elizabeth Woodville

Siblings: Mary of York; Cecily of York, Viscountess Welles; Edward V; Margaret of York; Richard, Duke of York; Anne of York, Lady Howard; George, Duke of Bedford; Katherine of York, Countess of Devon; Bridget of York

Spouse: Henry VII

Wedding: See above

Marriage: See above

Children: See above

Famous for: Her dynastic importance – her father, uncle, brothers, husband and children were all kings or wives of kings


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