Monday, December 31, 2012

The Life of Owen Tudor Part I

Owen Tudor
The earlier Tudors such as Edmund Tudor and Jasper Tudor, are often overshadowed by their descendants, Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. But they are also just as important! Today I'm discussing the one who starting it all, Owen Tudor, or as he was known in Welsh, Owain ap Maredudd (pronounced "Meredith") ap Tudor. If Owen hadn't met his wife, Katherine of Valois, there would be no Tudor dynasty and if anything, England would still be ruled by the house of York!

Let's start at the beginning, like many characters in Tudor history who started with humble beginnings, we only know of a birth year and for Owen, it was 1400 during the reign of the first Lancasterian king, Henry IV (who had usurped the throne from Richard II who was clearly not doing so good a job ruling...) Another Welshman, Owain Glendower, decided to rebel against Henry IV who wasn't so fond of the Welsh.  Now, Owen Tudor's father, Maredudd, might've been a part of this rebellion but even if he wasn't Owen Tudor somehow wound up as servant to one of the noblemen not too long after.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Misconceptions on Margaret of Anjou

Margaret of Anjou
You've probably read my posts on Margaret of Anjou, and recently she's gotten a little more popular (especially with Philippa Gregory's "The Cousin's War") and sadly, she is yet another figure that's been mangled by the media. What was Margaret of Anjou really like? Lots of people seem to have different opinions about her. For example:
  • Margaret was a ruthless queen bent on revenge  I don't know why but whenever someone thinks of Margaret of Anjou a picture of a violent warrior queen comes into there head. In a sense this is true but Margaret was actually a far cry from a second Empress Matilda, for the first couple of years (when things were more peaceful) she actually was much more of the calm, submissive consort someone would usually expect. Margaret never really fought during battles, (she wasn't even at Wakefield when that battle happened)
  • Edward of Lancaster was actually Margaret's illegitimate son    Okay, this was a rumour that was reported at the time because when Edward was born, Henry VI didn't recognize him as his son. The problem with that claim? Henry was suffering a mental breakdown at the time and didn't recognize anyone! Supporters of this claim also bring up the point that it took seven years before Margaret even got pregnant!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Katherine Howard as Queen of England


Katherine Howard

If you've every studying Tudor history, you've probably heard of Katherine Howard. Most people will only be able to tell you that she was the 5th wife of Henry VIII and got her head cut off. (why is that the only thing people remember about her??) But she actually spent some time as Queen of England and here, I'll tell you all about it!

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Tudor Christmas Drawing :)

First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS everybody!!!! (even though today is Christmas eve!) I made a special Tudor drawing for today, so without further ado... here it is!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Who Has The Better Claim, Lancaster or York?

This is a question I'm sure many of you are wondering since Lancaster and York fought for the crown during the Wars of the Roses. Most people will tell they both had a strong claim though, York's was slightly better. (Is it just me or does every historian seem to favour York?) For the longest time that's what i thought to since I wasn't too sure about their lineage before Edward III. Then just recently i was reading a book on the Battle of Towton and realized Lancasterian had the better claim!

Here's why:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Another Set of Little Known Tudor Facts

Here's yet, another set of some not-so-well known Tudor facts! (and yes! They're all true!)
  • Perkin Warbeck's wife, Katherine Gordon actually had a little bit of English royal blood in her. (through John of Gaunt's youngest illegitimate daughter Joan Beaufort)
  • Henry VIII gave all of his kids Yorkist names, there's record of a Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as all children of the Yorkist king Edward IV. Yet, there was never a Mary, Elizabeth, or Edward Tudor until the time of the Tudor reign.
  • Margaret of Anjou's aunt married king Charles VII of France

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 16th: Happy Birthday Catherine of Aragon!


Catherine of Aragon

Today in Tudor history Catherine of Aragon was born in 1485. She was the youngest child of Isabella I and Ferdinand II of Spain. (a newly untied Spain i might add!) and was brought up as a royal princess should be. Though in later life she very much resembled her headstrong mother. She was first married to Arthur Tudor and later was the first wife of Henry VIII. The one he also divorced to marry Anne Boleyn. Tomorrow I plan on writing about her later years but you can learn about her early life in my post "Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor."

Random Fact: Both Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are descants of John of Gaunt! (the third surviving son of the English king Edward III)

Friday, December 14, 2012

HIstories Forgotten Countesses: Anne Deverveaux


William Herbert and Anne Devereaux before King Edward IV
(Anne is in the lower right corner)

Now the last name Deverveaux might sound familiar since it's the same name that Lettice Knoylls first husband, (Walter Deverevaux) had. But, this Anne Deverveuax is way before then, a Yorkist, a certainly played a role in Tudor history. See, Anne married William Herbert the (illegal!!!) earl of Pembroke (a title he STOLE from Jasper Tudor!!) And this same William Herbert was made legal guardian of Henry Tudor, earl of Richmond in 1461 (ish). Actually he bought Henry's wardship from King Edward IV. His plan was to marry Henry to his eldest daughter, Maude and then become king. But for Anne, things were different.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Misconceptions on Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey is a pretty well-known Tudor character even though most history books didn't recognize her as queen, even though she was!!! However, the common belief of what Jane Grey was like is quite far from the truth. Here's some of the most common misconception people have on Jane Grey
    
    Jane Grey with her books
    
  • Jane was "The Nine Days Queen".  This is the most common nickname that Jane is referred to by and it actually NOT accurate. In fact, after reading Eric Ives' book on her, it's actually proven that she rule for THIRTEEN days, not nine.
  • Jane had abusive parents. Sure, Jane's parents weren't always the nicest but they weren't as mean as people think. They did both care very much for Jane and weren't the mean villains that people take them to be. Also, many historians say Frances Grey (Jane's mother) was like a second Henry VIII in looks and character, this can also be proven wrong.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Richard III: The Great Controversy (Part IV)

For part IV i will be talking about the actual reign of Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth. How exactly did Richard do as king? And what about his death at the battle of Bosworth? As always, sources are scarce and opinion is varied.


Another Portrait of Richard III

Here what traditionalists say: After the death of the princes in the Tower, and that whole thing about the Eleanor Butler precontract (see Part III) Richard III was legally, king of England and his wife Anne Neville, Queen. As far as ruling goes, he didn't get to for very long before he was killed. We do know he ordered Hastings beheaded for no better reason than he didn't trust him. He let Elizabeth of York return to court in hopes of marrying her after Anne Neville's death.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Richard III: The Great Controversy (Part III)

For the next part in my series i will examine one of the most debated topic in the history of Richard III, his usurpation of the throne. Was it rightful and justified or was it illegal? There so many different views, who's right? Hopefully after reading this you'll know :)


The Princes in
the Tower

Here's what traditionalists say: After Edward IV death, Edward V was made king and Richard III was named protector. A usual custom that took place whenever a royal king was in minority. the Wydevilles however, saw this as their chance to rule the kingdom. So they wanted to take control of the young king, but Richard III did too. And he won. So Elizabeth Wydeville went into sanctuary at Westminster with her 5 daughters and younger son, Richard, duke of York. Now that Richard III put Edward V in the Tower (where all monarchs stay before their coronation, right?) and the Wydevilles were in hiding, it seemed like he was secure. But, he wasn't. Elizabeth still had the younger prince and could at any time to substitute him for Edward V. Richard then went to Westminster and convinced Elizabeth to hand over the younger prince. Elizabeth never expected what would happened next and handed him over.

December 8th Mary Queen of Scots' 470th Birthday!


Mary, Queen of Scots

Another Tudor birthday today, and this time, it's Mary, Queen of Scots'. She is famous for being the first female ruler of Scotland. Ironically ruling at the same time as Elizabeth I! Elizabeth I was her cousin and Mary always wanted to take the English the throne from Elizabeth But, was beheaded before that could ever happened. But, her only son James VI/I was Elizabeth's heir so, in an indirect way she got what she wanted :)
You can learn about Mary in these posts:

"Stewart, or Stuart How to Correctly Spell Mary Queen of Scots' Last Name"
"The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots"
"Emily's Guide to the Darnley Murder" (series)
"The Rizzio Murder at Holyrood"

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7th Lord Darnley's 467th Birthday


Darnley

Surprisingly enough we have yet another Tudor birthday today, this time it's Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. He was famous for being King consort unto Mary, Queen of Scots. He too was a descendant of Henry VII and could've possiable been king of Scotland and England. However, he was never fit rule. And is probably most famous for
how he was murdered. You can find out more about him be reading these posts:

"Emily's Guide to the Darnley Murder" (series)
"Life of Charles Stuart" (2 parts)
"The abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots"
"A Lennox King of Scotland....?"

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Richard III: The Great Controversy (Part II)

For the second part of my series, i will discuss what Richard III was doing during the reign of his brother, Edward IV. This was a crucial time in his life as this is when he become Duke of Gloucester and was constantly at court also, it's the back story for what happened to the princes in the Tower!


Richard III and Anne Neville

Here's what the traditionalists say: Once Edward IV become king, he wanted to reward his younger brothers who had fought bravely beside in the some of the battles of the Wars of the Roses. George became duke of Clarence and Richard, duke of Gloucester. Clarence had always been willing to change sides and Gloucester was always loyal to Edward. Edward himself, wasn't a great king and had many faults yet, for some reason Gloucester stayed loyal even though he hated Edward's wife, Elizabeth Wydeville. Elizabeth Wydeville her self was scheming and ambitious. Clarence too was ambitious for the crown so Richard III approved of his murder, even though the Wydevilles probably were most responsible. It was also at this time that Henry VI was murdered, which was an idea probably created by Edward and Richard, (though not necessarily carried out by either of them. Another event which happened at this time was that Richard met and married  his wife Anne Neville.

December 6th: Henry VI's 590th Birthday!


Henry VI

Yes, i know this isn't a part of my Richard III series but i had to post it anyway, 590 years ago today, King Henry VI was born at Windsor castle. He was the only child of Katherine of Valois and Henry V. (also he will be the subject of an upcoming series) He was king ever since he was 9 months old but, the problem was, he wasn't never mentally healthy. Historical researchers now believe he suffered from Schizophrenia. Nevertheless, he ruled until 1461 and was the uncle of the fist Tudor king, Henry VII

For more on Henry VI see my posts:
  1. "The Lancasterian Redemption"
  2. "Margaret of Anjou: Warrior Queen" (series)
  3. "Love Day, As Created by Henry VI"
  4. "Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou Cartoons" (more than one)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Richard III: The Great Controversy (Part I)



Richard III
So i apologize, i meant to post this on Saturday but, i got busy with cleaning and homework (high school will do that ya!) But anyway, here's the start of my brand new series i introduced you to not too long ago. I will begin with the early life of Richard III

Here's the Traditionalist view:
Richard III was born on October 2nd 1452. Being the youngest and 11th child (7th surviving) child of Richard, duke of York whom i call "Yorkie" to avoid confusion and his wife, Cecily Neville. Now this was during the Wars of the Roses in which Yorkie was fighting Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. So Richard III's childhood was spent under the care of his mother, Duchess Cecily. Cecily was pretty cool and nice but nothing too special and eventually his wardship was given over to Warwick "the Kingmaker" who raised him in his household.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Richard III: The Great Controversy (Introduction to a New Series)


Rose of the House of York

As with pretty much everything else in Tudor history, the life and character of Richard III is up for debate. And debate is just what's been happening in the centuries past, and LOTS of it. Really we have two sides, one side (called "Revisionists") believe Richard III was the victim of a smear campaign and propaganda and

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Margaret Douglas... Almost Became Lady Howard??

Possiably a young Margaret Douglas
Yes! It's true! Margaret Douglas came sooooooo close to become the next member of the wealthy Howard family. See, before she married or, even met, Mathew Stuart (the earl of Lennox and her future husband) Margaret was madly in love with a lord Thomas Howard. (one of the famous duke of Norfolk descendants).  This was during the time she was living at the court of her uncle, Henry VIII. And it was their betrothal that landed both of them in the Tower, fearing for the lives.

Monday, November 26, 2012

3 New Tudor Anime Pictures

I have been drawing again, so you know what that means! More picture to share (yay)! Who are the subjects today? Edmund Tudor, Elizabeth of York (to go with my recent series on her) and one of a bunch of different characters.

The first two are of Edmund and Elizabeth. the Elizabeth of York drawing i just drew up the other day to go with the series. But, the one of Edmund Tudor, well... :) You see, i've been trying to draw him in some way for a while now but nothing turned out right until... Well, you can see for yourself!

Queen Consort: Elizabeth of York Part V


Holbein's famous Tudor Dynasty portrait
Elizabeth is in the top right corner.

Elizabeth of York had lived a long time as the "humble and reverent" consort of Henry VII. She had survived the eradication of the House of York, two Yorkist pretenders, and given birth the six children, two of which died at birth. After little Mary was born, it was decided no more royal heirs were needed. But, then, tragedy struck.

Arthur, Elizabeth's eldest son, had just been married to Katherine of Aragon and the pair was living in Ludlow to prepare for the day they would rule England together. Only one problem, they never did. Both fell ill with some sort of sweating sickness and Arthur died. Now the Tudors had only one heir, the future Henry VIII. Just to make sure Elizabeth and her husband decided to try for another heir.

Elizabeth then became pregnant for the last time. She seemed perfectly healthy up until that point and even befriended Katherine of Aragon (who was brought back to court). In February of 1503, came time for Elizabeth to give birth. Everyone worried about the Queen's health. She hadn't been pregnant for years, would she make it out alive?
Naturally it was assumed so. On February 11th (her own birthday) Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, named Katherine. But, something went wrong.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Queen Consort: Elizabeth of York Part IV


Portrait showing the family of Henry VII,
(from left to right) Edmund, Henry, Arthur, Henry VII, Elizabeth
of york, Margaret, Mary, Katherine

Once Elizabeth became Queen Consort of England, she seems to fade out of the history books. Of course, she was still there but, her power had been ceded to Margaret Beaufort (her mother-in-law) In fact, Elizabeth preferred to stay out of the limelight and work behind the scenes. Not longer after her first baby was born, the first Yorkist pretender showed up.


Obviously everyone knew he was a fake. Some say that it was really Edward V who the Yorkists were going to put on the throne and that he wasn't murdered but, there is no evidence to prove this so, it's not true. Everyone knew this pretender, Lambert Simnel, was a fake. Elizabeth didn't obviously believe him. So, he and his cause was defeat at the Battle of Stoke in 1487. After that, England was back in peace.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Queen Consort: Elizabeth of York Part III



When her uncle, Richard III became king of England, Elizabeth of York and her sisters were welcomed back at court. She and her sisters were treated with care and Elizabeth, no doubt was happy with the court life she new as a child. But, at this time Elizabeth was learning to give that up for a quiet life like she had known in sanctuary at Westminster. Some say at this time, Richard III was planning on marrying Elizabeth (to keep Henry Tudor from doing so) and he poisoned his wife to do so. NOT TRUE!

Richard III had married his wife Anne Neville for love and i don't think he planned on marry anyone else. (it is a none fact that before he was married, Richard III had two mistresses but, when he married Anne, he had none) Also, Elizabeth would've never approve of it. She had grown to like Henry Tudor (or at least, what she heard of him) Elizabeth was far away from court when the Battle of Bosworth happened. And every self-respecting Tudor fans knows THAT changed things...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Queen Consort: Elizabeth of York Part II


Elizabeth of York from a stained glass window

Elizabeth Plantagenet had always been the spoiled princess in her childhood. When the Lancasterian Redemption momentarily brought down the house of York, Elizabeth realized she shouldn't take her royal status for granted. Sure, she will have always been her father's favourite child but, someday her life would change. For Elizabeth, that day came April 9th 1483. That was the day her father, Edward IV died. Her 12 year old brother, Edward V was now king and that meant problems.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Queen Consort: Elizabeth of York Part I


Queen Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York is one of the lesser talked about characters of Tudor history. She was the daughter of a king and later, a Queen consort. She did what usually didn't happen in the Wars of the Roses; changed sides. Although born of the House of York, she became a staunch Lancasterian upon her marriage to Henry VII. Today i shall begin by examining her life, and later, her character and how the media portrays her.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Anime Style Margaret of Burgundy and Jane Grey!

It's time once again that i post some more of my drawings :) Today's subjects are Margaret of Burgundy and Lady Jane Grey. I drew the one of Margaret of Burgundy awhile back in pencil and it turned out AMAZING so just recently i decided to outline it in ink and colour. And the one of Jane Grey i drew when i got bored in my English class. On the right you will a see a chibi Jane that looks like she's partially erased, that's because i was planning on drawing Guildford next to her and didn't have time to finish. (so i erased it, having half a person would just look weird, right?)

Make sure to tell me what you think!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Personality of Guildford Dudley


Guildford Dudley

Today I'm addressing the personality traits of England's most forgotten, and least recognized king, Guildford Dudley. He married Lady Jane Grey and was her consort for 13 days Thus, technically England's only King Guildford. But, what was he really like? Tradition has it that he was practically good for nothing but, that might not be so. Let us examine what kind of a person Guildford Dudley just was...

I will begin by saying Guildford, liked his wife very much. They actually got along quite well and enjoyed each other's company. Jane never really wanted to marry Guildford and vis versa but, once they were brought together, they found they were glad for their union. But there is another side to Guildford that makes him more comparable to Lord Darnley.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Similarites Between Henry VIII and Edward IV


Edward IV

Henry VIII

Before i read about the Wars of the Roses, I'd always wondered why Henry VIII acted nothing like either of his parents. But, then i learned of Edward IV and it all made sense. Edward IV was Henry VIII's grandfather on the York side thus, it makes sense that he acted like him in life. But how was i able to come to the conclusion that Henry VIII was a second Edward IV? After some research, here's what i discovered...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Early Life of Bess of Hardwick

Most of the attention that Bess of Hardwick's got is from her later years but, what about before that? That's why i'm writing this post today, to explain about Bess' first marriage and childhood.


Bess of Hardwick

Bess of Hardwick was born to the earl of Hardwick and his wife, Elizabeth. She had an older brother and sister. Bess wasn't of that much importance but, Elizabeth of Hardwick took care for all of her children. She married again and had more children and Bess got more forgotten about. She was given an education that fit her status and sent to live with the rich Zouche family to learn how to act like a proper lady.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What Does the Wars of the Roses Have to Do with Tudor History?

Red and White roses, Representing the emblems of the
houses of Lancaster and York
This is a question that many people have asked. What the heck does the Wars of the Roses have to do with Tudor history anyway? Why include it in Tudor blog? Usually the argument is, The Tudor Dynasty didn't start until the END of the War, why even talk about it? The answer is quite simple: The Wars of the Roses has EVERYTHING to do with Tudor History!

Here's why:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

History's Forgotten Countesses: Elizabeth Cavendish


 If you've read my earlier posts on Charles Stuart or Arbella Stuart, you might remember Elizabeth Cavendish. She is the daughter of Bess of Hardwick and became the Countess of Lennox. But she is often overlooked by historians but, not today!

When Elizabeth was born, she already had a few older siblings so she was probably no disappointment to her parents. Elizabeth was probably given a education benefiting her station and her childhood was probably similar to that of Anne of Cleves. She would've been well aware that she was of a wealthy family and very important. She grew up watching marriages be arranged for her older siblings and even some younger ones! But, not hers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Arthur Tudor and Catherine of Aragon


Arthur Tudor

Catherine of Aragon

Today's topic is an aspect of Catherine of Aragon's life that is often overlooked; her marriage to Arthur Tudor. Basically history books just say that Catherine married Arthur and then he died. Obviously there's much more to that story than just that or else, I wouldn't be writing this! So what is this often by passed story in history? Well...

Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor's marriage was first thought of when they were little children. They were  betrothed and Arthur's father Henry VII couldn't be happier because it meant the recognition of his reign by Spain, a very powerful country. For Catherine, this meant she was brought up knowing she would one day travel to England to marry their prince. For Arthur, this meant someday he would have to rule the country and (if things went according to plan) he would marry Catherine.

Spain did, indeed, stay aligned with Henry VII (i mean, they didn't support any pretenders right?) and when Catherine and Arthur were 15, Catherine travel from Spain to England. The Spanish princess was the 'baby' of the family and was no doubt, pampered in her childhood, and was probably homesick. But not along after arriving, she met her future husband and father-in-law.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

HIstories Forgotten Countesses: Katherine Wydeville

Katherine Wydeville was the last Wydeville child and most of the attention by historians has fallen on her elder sister, Elizabeth. (perhaps you've heard of her :) ?)  For Today's post i've decided to tell Katherine's story since the history books haven't. Let's began with Katherine's childhood.

Katherine Wydeville from a stained glass window
showing her and Jasper Tudor


As i mentioned about, Katherine was the last Wydeville child born. So that meant she had like 11 siblings, all older than she was. It's no doubt, she was the baby of the family. I don't think she liked that very much and her brothers and sisters probably treated her very much as a child. Katherine must've learned at an early age that when it came time for her marriage, she could have no say in it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Emilly's Tudor Art: The Agnes Keith Portrait :)

Today I also have for you, some more of my art. This one i made in my 9th grade art class and was selected to be on display at my local fair! :) It's a pen and ink drawing of Agnes Keith, Countess of Moray. (see my post "Histories forgotten countesses; Agnes Keith for her life and the portrait on which, this was based) Hope you enjoy it!

Here's Some More Little Known Tudor Facts


Holbein's famous portrait of the Tudor family.
You may have though you knew everything about Tudor history but, today I'm sharing some facts you might of have never known. Prepare to be amazed! :)

  • Elizabeth I and Bess of Hardwick are actually very distantly related!
  • Surprisingly enough, the actually towns of Lancaster and York didn't matter much during the Wars of the Roses
  • Henry VII's childhood nurse was a Welsh commoner named Jane Hwyell
  • In Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" there is a reference to Mary Queen of Scots and her relationships with Rizzio and Bothwell. Also one of the characters are of the "Rivers" family.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Margaret of Anjou The Warrior Queen Part V

Well it seems we have reached the end of my Margaret of Anjou series and you know what that means. It's time to address the media's misconceptions or accurate portrayals. Obviously not many works of fiction have Margaret of Anjou as a principal character in them. There's Jean Plaidy's "Red Rose of Anjou" which is the most accurate fictional portrayal I've seen!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Margaret of Anjou: The Warrior Queen Part IV


A medal of Margaret of Anjou

While Margaret of Anjou was in France, she met the famous Yorkist, Warwick "The Kingmaker". Though,  Warwick wasn't much of a Yorkist anymore. He wanted to align with Margaret of Anjou to take down Edward IV and replace him with Henry VI, (or rather, rule himself with Margaret in Henry's name)  Margaret had spent many years waiting for a moment like this and she took it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou Cartoon #2

Since I'm in the middle of a series on Margaret of Anjou, i though now would be a good time to post the next installment of my "Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou" Cartoons. This was inspried by everyone's favourite day, "Love Day" (see my post "Love Day; as created by Henry VI") And yes, i changed Margaret's appearence because i thought this was more accurate. Hope you like it!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Margaret of Anjou; The Warrior Queen Part III


Rose of the House of Lancaster

One of the great ironies of the Wars of the Roses is that Henry VI, though the leader of the house of Lancaster, never took part in the fighting (though he did get shot by an arrow during the first st. albans) nor did anyone REALLY want him to be king, they wanted to rule for him. He of course didn't care about this but, his wife Margaret did, and she did with a passion.


Rose of the house of York
Those who supported the house of Lancaster really supported her. Margaret then took over the government and moved the armies against York. Many battles were fought, And eventually one at Wakefield. Margaret had had enough of York's rebellion and had her revenge at the Battle of Wakefield.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Margaret of Anjou; The Warrior Queen Part II


Margaret of Anjou
 Margaret of Anjou wasn't a popular figure around the royal court, Henry VI was really the only one that liked her. Dislike for Margaret grew out of blame for the English losing Maine and Anjou, But really there was nothing she could do about it. She didn't care though, as long as the king liked her she was safe. After a couple years Margaret finally got pregnant for the first time. (because of Henry VI's mental state, rumours started that the child wasn't Henry's but, they are false.)

Everyone was happy with Margaret now because she had fulfilled her rule as a consort, and up until about this point, she had been a quiet observer. She soon realized that she had to be more than just that.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Margaret of Anjou; The Warrior Queen Part I


Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou's Wedding
 If i asked you the question, who was England first effective female ruler, would you answer Elizabeth I? That would be a very educated guess but incorrect. If you REALLY didn't know English history you might say Queen Victoria, but that is SOOOOOO Wrong and besides, Victoria was a Tudor hater so here is no place to talk about her. If you really understood English history you might reply, Empress Matilda which technically is true but she didn't rule for very long. The best answer is Margaret of Anjou!

Margaret of.. .What? She not well known to most people but she will be to you after this series of posts! Let's start with Margaret's childhood.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Who Was it That Made Jane Grey Queen?


Lady Jane Grey

Poor Jane Grey, she was a queen of England and yet, everyone seems to forget so... (don't believe me? see my post "even textbooks can be wrong".) She never really wanted to be queen and that's what brought about her downfall. She tried though. I guess she just figured, "If I'm gonna be queen, might as well make the best of it!". So, who's fault was it that little 'ol Jane got this role that clear she didn't really care for, It's obviously not her! And perhaps it's not who first come to mind.

Let's examine some of the most commonly excepted options...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Other Marriages of Margaret Tudor


Margaret Tudor and the Earl of Angus

Everyone knows Margaret Tudor married James IV of Scotland, in fact that's probably what she's most famous for. (besides being grandma to Mary Queen of Scots) But, did you know she married two more times and had two more kids? it's true! So today I'm examine this often forgotten aspect of Margaret Tudor's life.

After James IV death, Margaret fell in love with a certain earl of Angus, Archibald Douglas to be exact. Now Angus was your typical "bad-boy" and had had a couple mistresses and was kinda like James Hepburn earl of Bothwell in years to come. Margaret was smitten with him and since she was technically regent of Scotland and a Princess in her own right, Who wouldn't want to marry her?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Eleanor Cobham: An Anne Boleyn Story


Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester

Eleanor Cobham is one of history's minor figures but, the other day, i was reading about her and her story had so many parallels with Anne Boleyn! Who was Eleanor Cobham? Well, to put it simply she married Henry VI's uncle. But, she was more than that, she was also given a bad reputation that was probably well deserved. What did she do to deserve it? Well....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Even More Tudor Anime :)

Yet again i have a present for you random reader, more Tudor Anime!! (it's like an early Christmas!) This time my subjects are Margaret Beaufort and Anne Boleyn. The Anne Boleyn is in the chibi form after just being coronated! (I drew it while I was bored at school) As for Margaret, I was inspired by the cover of Philippa Gregory's "The Red Queen", those i decided to make it less detailed and simpler. Hope you like them!
Now, without further ado....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Regents of Scotland for James VI/I

Mary Queen of Scots and a Young James VI/I
Isn't it weird to think that James VI/I is a Tudor? Well, indirectly he was. Margaret Tudor was his great grandmother so, he classifies. Also, James VI/I became king at about age 1. Naturally, he couldn't rule as a baby so regents were appointed, but, who were those regents? There were four altogether, here a little bit about each one:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Love Day, as Created by Henry VI :)


King Henry VI

This day actually happened on March 25th but i couldn't wait until March to post about this! What is love day? Only the awesomest day in the Wars of the Roses. Everyone knows Lancaster hates York and vice versa and everyone knows Henry VI was a scizoprhenic, so, what happens when they combine? Love Day!

Henry VI had always hated fighting, ever since he was little and he saw his uncle, Humphrey of Gloucester arguing over power with his other Bishop Beaufort, he wanted to avoid all conflict. Naturally when the Duke of York turned against Henry and fought his army in battle, Henry wanted to end that as soon as possible, and he did so in a way that only HE could've of...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy 559th Birthday to Edward of Lancaster!


Edward of Lancaster

Today on October 13th in 1453, Prince Edward of Lancaster was born the only child of Margaret of Anjou and her husband, Henry VI. If he were still alive, (which he's obviously not!!!) he would be 559 years old. Sadly he got nowhere NEAR that number because he died at age 17 in the battle of Tewkesbury.

And now, for a random fact:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Elizabeth of York: Plantagenet or Wydeville?


Princess Elizabeth of York
Lately I've been reading Philippa Gregory's newest novel, "The Kingmaker's Daugher". Now I've been studying the Wars of the Roses for a long time now and so i can read it without taking anything as fact. (as so many people do because they don't know otherwise) and it's very apparent that the Wydevilles in the novel aren't not like the Plantagenets of York. It got me thinking...
I had seen Elizabeth of York portrayed as being very much like her mother as well as very much like her father, but, which is she more like? On her father's side Elizabeth is a Plantagenet of York and on her mother's side, the Wydeville commoners. It's my personal belief that Elizabeth was neither. She was a new breed, a Lancasterian with Yorkist blood and connections.

Here's why:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou Cartoon

Ok, i meant to get this uploaded awhile ago but... let's face it, I'm (sometimes) lazy. Well, here it is now, my very first cartoon about everyone's favourite monarchs, Henry VI the schizoprehic who's been king since he was a baby and his easily angered and violent wife, Margaret of Anjou after the birth of their only child Prince Edward of Lancaster. I drew this back in 9th grade at the end of the school year (so, like, around June this year) and thought i would share it with the world!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jane Rochford as Lady in Waiting to Katherine Howard

As noted in the previous post, Lady Jane Rochford loved the court life and she had ever since she first debuted at it. And she was a lady in waiting as Henry VIII changed wives. So it only makes sense that when Anne of Cleves died, Jane served the much younger than her Katherine Howard. She and Katherine became good friend and Jane was one of Katherine's close confidants.

Katherine Howard


 This of course meant that Katherine was willing to share secrets with Jane and Katherine had a pretty big secret, she was in love with a courtier named Thomas Culpepper. Which was fine except for one minor detail, she was already married and to none other than King Henry VIII. Katherine, being a young girl really, didn't care about that and she begged Jane to arrange a meeting. Actually, it was more like an order.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jane; History's Famous Lady Rochford!


This Could possibly be Jane Rochford

You've heard of Anne Boleyn, Kathryn Howard, and the other six wives but, what about Lady Rochford? She's a Boleyn too. She's the wife of George Boleyn, Anne's brother. And, she was almost a Tudor survivor. But, how? And why is she "Famous"?  The answer lies in a side of the six wives story you never saw...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Elizabeth, The Not-so-Famous Boleyn

When naming off the famous Boleyns, there are many; Anne, Mary, Thomas, George, but... What about Elizabeth? For those who don't know Elizabeth Boleyn is the mother of Anne, Mary, and George, Boleyn.  She seems to have been sidelined by her husband and children but, she is still a very important character.So, What about her? What was she like? Allow me to explain...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Edward of Lancaster and Anne Neville


Red Rose of Lancaster

So as i said in the previous post, Edward of Lancaster took after his mother more than his insane and saintly father. Thus it would only make sense that when Margaret of Anjou left for France after her flight into Scotland (after Edward IV took over) that Edward went with her. He grew up on the run and was preparing to fight the Yorkists. Eventually Edward IV's main alley, Warwick "the Kingmaker" started hating on him so he decided to switch sides.

Warwick went straight to Margaret of Anjou for support agianst his for protege Edward of York. Margaret was hesitant to give it but, Warwick was ready to give his daughter, Anne Neville,'s hand in marriage to Margaret's son Edward who was now about 17. What did Edward really think about Anne? Well...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Edward of Lancaster: Prince of Wales


Prince Edward of Lancaster

Isn't it a pain trying to remember people in Tudor history with the same name? Well, Edward of Lancaster was one that bugged me ALOT. Why? because his enemy, Edward of York had a son named Edward and two nephews named Edward and had many allies named Edward. What ever possessed Margaret of Anjou to name her son that i don't know. (Henry VI had no hand in it, he had gone insane at that time)

But, this post is not about names, it's about a forgotten and often overlooked Prince of Wales, Edward of Lancaster. (if you people want a surname you can use Bolingbroke, after his great-grandfather, Henry Bolingbroke, aka Henry IV) Edward is not your typical prince of Wales by any means. I mean, at age 7 he was ordering traitors beheaded! Allow me to explain...

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Life of Charles Stuart: Earl of Lennox (Part II)

So to continue where I left off yesterday... After Darnley's murder, Margaret Douglas focused all her attention on her only living son, Charles. Having grown up without this attention, i don't think Charles liked it very much. Queen Elizabeth I was much nicer to Margaret now, seeing as Margaret hardly had any family left. (isn't that a common theme amongst Tudor history?) So without really any family left, Margaret started making friends. (well, not that she had before but, still...)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Life of Charles Stuart, Earl of Lennox (Part I)

Most Tudor fans have heard of Margaret Douglas, and her eldest son, lord Darnley. But, did you know Darnley had a brother? Yup, his name was Charles Stuart and today i'm posting about him! Let's start at the beginning...


Charles and his brother lord Darnley
(Charles is on the left)

Charles Stuart was like the 7th or 8th child of Margaret Douglas and her husband Mathew Stuart, earl of Lennox. The only other living child of them was Henry Stuart, lord Darnley, who was about 9 years older than Charles. We don't know too much about Charles' early life but i speculate that, given Margaret's favouritism towards Darnley, that Charles was neglected and was kinda the "back-up" heir.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

History's Forgotten Countesses: Elizabeth Brooke


Elizabeth Brooke

I know what you're thinking... Elizabeth Brooke? Who the heck is that? Well, hopeful that's why you're reading this post and i shall explain. Ever heard of Thomas Wyatt? (not the rebellious one!) Yes, of course you do! He had a crush on Anne Boleyn and Anne didn't like him back. Well guess what: he had a wife. So this is where Elizabeth comes in, SHE is that wife. (Say WHAT????!!!) Allow me to explain...

Monday, September 24, 2012

You Know You're a Tudor Fanatic When...

The Tudor Rose
Every once in awhile I like to give you, some random reader from some random country, a chance to enjoy a little bit of Tudor related humour. Today's topic:

You know you're a Tudor Fanatic when...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Life and Character of Edmund Tudor Part III

Again, I will continue where I left off, Edmund Tudor and his new wife, Margaret Beaufort, left England for Wales. Their first stop was one of Edmund's Welsh palaces. I'm not sure but it is possible that Jasper Tudor could've joined his brother Edmund there as he hadn't yet received his estates that went with the earldom of Pembroke. For Margaret, Wales must've seemed like an entirely foreign country, as she had never left England. Eventually, Margaret learned a life-changing piece of news,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Life and Character of Edmund Tudor Part II

So, let's pick up where we left off, when Edmund Tudor and his brother, Jasper became teenagers their half-brother, King Henry VI began recognizing them as members of the royal family. Probably because his own family was decreasing in numbers. He gifted Edmund with the earldom of Richmond and Jasper with the earldom of Pembroke and they were both invited to come to Parliament. Needless to say, Edmund spent more time at court, and so did the duke of York...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Life and Character of Edmund Tudor Part I


Edmund Tudor, from some random brass rubbing er... something...

I'm going to start out this post by dispelling a rumour, a 15th century comtempory rumour by the way... Edmund Tudor is NOT nor ever was the son of the cardinal/bishop, Edmund Beaufort. See? I bet you didn't even think that WAS a possibility! Now, with this post you might learn a few more startling things about Edmund Tudor the earl of Richmond that you never thought possible! So... without further ado, let's start at Edmund's (and everyone Else's) beginning... birth.