Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The First Mary Tudor

Mary "Rose" Tudor
Before there was Mary Tudor the queen of England and "Bloody Mary" there was Mary "Rose" Tudor, sister to Henry VIII. Her story is just as interesting as her contempories, See, Mary was the youngest surviving child of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York and probably considered the "baby" of the family. She was born in the 1490's, not longer before her elder brother Arthur died, along with Elizabeth of York the next year. she was only 13 in 1509 and her brother took over as king, and he had different plans for Mary...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

White Roses in the Tudor Court

Margaret Pole

Sadly when the house of Lancaster triumphed at Bosworth did not mean the end of Yorkists. In the early Tudor years Henry VII faced Yorkists pretenders mainly, and of course Lincoln (son of Edward IV's sister) and Warwick (son of Clarence, also Edward IV's brother), and Lovell, who actually didn't have a claim to the throne. (and who could forget Margaret of Burgundy!) But, the Yorkist threat didn't die out with Henry VII, it continued on into the reign of his son, Henry VIII. Here are just a few of the Yorkists who were still living in the reign of Henry VIII:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Stewart's abidcation, July 25th 1567
If you remember, we left of with my Darnley murder series with Mary simply abducating and escaping into England. Now i will tell that story to complete Mary's story since she abdicated yesterday in 1567. Months after Darnley was killed, Mary was captred by Bothwell who forced her to marry him. Mary and Bothwell were never in love with one another and i CANNOT stress that enough. Mary figured marriage to Bothwell, her trusted advisor, was the best thing she could do, so she went with it. But the people had been influenced by Buchanan, Lennox and their pro-Darnley proganda, which told a different story...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Other Important Wydevilles

We all know about Elizabeth Wydeville, but, what about her extensive family, the other Wydevilles? Some are more important then others and each one is a little bit different. Here's a little bit about Elizabeth's brothers and sisters, in no particular order...

  • Katherine Wydeville: One of Elizabeth's youngest sisters, she first married the Duke of Buckingham. I don't think she cared for him much. Once Henry VII became king and Buckingham was dead, Katherine found someone else to marry, Jasper Tudor. It's my opinion that

Saturday, July 21, 2012

July 21st 1553: All Hail Queen Mary I!

Queen Mary I
Well, it's offical, today Jane Grey's rule comes to an end. She was overthrown be her much older cousin, Mary ("Bloody Mary") Tudor. Mary had mustered an army much larger than Jane's and frankly no one reallly wanted to fight for Jane! Nor did Jane ever really want to be queen... Mary ordered Jane locked in the Tower, along with her husband Guildford Dudley. And as past Tudor history had shown, the Tower is never a safe place...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Even More Little Known Tudor Facts

Here's even more Tudor facts that aren't widely known...
  • Amy Robsart's parents were John Robsart and Elizabeth Appleyard
  • Edward IV had a younger brother named Edmund, earl of Rutland, who died at the battle of Wakefield along with his father, the duke of York. Margaret of Anjou ordered their heads be placed on the bridge with paper crowns for humilation
  • Had Elizabeth of York died, Henry VII would've married Cecilly, her sister
  • Despite what some people think, Elizabeth Wydeville, never spelled her name "w-o-o-d-v-i-l-le"
  • Thomas Boleyn was made Mary I's godfather
  • Lambert Simnel's real name could've been John Simnel
  • Catherine of Aragon's sister, Juana, married Phillip Hapsburg, (son of the emperor Maxmillion) and is the mother of Charles V. Thus, making him cousin to Mary I.
  • Catherine of Aragon had a short lived brother named Juan
  • William Paulet, advisor to Mary I lived to be 85 and in my opinion holds the record for longest Tudor life-span. He beat of Margaret Butler (Anne Boleyn's grandmother) who lived to be about 78.
  • Mary Boleyn's second husband, William Stafford, had a claim to throne, (a small one). The Staffords are descended from Thomas, Edward III's youngest son.
  • Green and White are the offical Tudor colours because they are taken from the Welsh flag, and one of the symbols of the Tudor dynasty was the Welsh red dragon (it was Henry VII's standard at the battle of Bosworth). So the Welsh flag is filled with Tudor refrences
  • William Brandon (father of Charles Brandon) was Henry VII's standard bearer at the Battle of Bosworth, and James Blount (ancestor of Bessie Blount) supported Henry's cause too.

There might be some more coming later! (no guarentees though)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The ''Lady in the Tower" Letter, Real or Fake?

Anne Boleyn in the Tower
Every Anne Boleyn fan knows Anne was locked up in the Tower of London but, not every fan knows that Anne supposedly wrote a letter to Henry VIII while she was in there signed, "from the lady in the tower". The letter is a full page of the "lady" telling somone her thoughts about staying in the Tower. Many historians,Strickland included, believe this is really Anne's letter because it was supposedly found amoungst Cromwell's papers years later. Well, we know what kind of believabilty Strickland has don't we? :) The signature on the letter reads "Anne the Queen" but that doesn't mean it was hers!

We do have other letters written by Anne we can examine here,

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Anne Neville, the Kingmaker's Daughter

Queen Anne Neville
Every Queen that has an impact on the Tudor era we know alot about. (okay maybe not alot but, still we do know a good amount!) Except one, Anne Neville. I wrote an earlier post giving an overall summary of her life but this will be much more deatailed. Anne was born sometime in the 1450's i think to Richard Neville, the earl of Warwick, (aka the "Kingmaker") and his wife Anne Beauchump. The couple already had one daughter, Isabel, who was about 3-4 years older than Anne. Warwick never did have anymore children so the two Kingmaker's daughters were great heiresses!

Warwick was the chief ally of Edward IV. After all, it was Warwick who helped make Edward king! (hence the "Kingmaker" nickname) Everything seemed to be going fine until a pracitcally commonor widow named Elizabeth Wydeville came to mess things up!

Friday, July 13, 2012

What Did Mary Boleyn Look Like?

Now the answer to this question may seem simple, but, it's much more complicated than you might think. When you think of Mary Boleyn, does this portrait come to mind?

It's what i thought of too, until i read otherwise... Surprise! This is NOT Mary Boleyn!!! Why? you probably ask, here's the main reasons why:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Emily's Guide to the Princes in the Tower Part III

the Tower of London
Now that we've narrowed done the theories, that is one piece of evidence we cannot not adress: the bones found in 1674. They were discorved when work was being done to remove a staircase out of the Tower. In the intial invesatgation it was assumed that they were those of the two Princes. As more revisionists started coming along another investagation was called for, one that would use more modern equipment, in 1933.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jane Grey: Queen for 13 Days!

Lady Jane Grey
Today i thought i'd take a break from my "Princes in the Tower" series to talk about an important event that happened today in Tudor History: Lady Jane Grey became queen. Jane had never really wanted to be queen but, when she realized she must, she decided she would give it her all. She has been remembered for her "Nine day reign" but, in all actuality she ruled longer, 13 days, to be in fact. Also, she has been portrayed as an innocent victim but, that's not quite the case. So, what was Queen Jane  really like?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Emily's Guide to the Princes in the Tower Part II

Kind Edward V
So, the question of "Who murdered the Princes in the Tower?" still remains unanswered. But, thanks to research by many historians we are able to come close to the answer. Naturally the commonly accepted guilty party is Richard III. But, members of "The Richard III society" or "Revisionists" (who are trying to repaint the image of Richard III as not being so evil) blame Henry VII or the Duke of Buchkingham. (who also had a small claim to the throne). I too thought it could only be Richard III, since it just made sense but now, i'm starting to think of other possiabilities...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Emily's Guide to The Princes in the Tower Part I

The Princes in the Tower
done by a Victorian artist

Another story in Tudor History that has captured my intrest is that of Edward V and his younger brother Richard, the duke of York, better known to history as "The Princes in the Tower". They were both "imprisoned" in the Tower and shortly after, murdered. I know this really focuses more on the House of York than the Tudors but, Henry VII is accused by some of murdering them!!! Usually Richard III is named the guilty party but, many think otherwise. I have recently finished a book on the subject, "Blood Royal: Richard III and the Murder of the Princes" and it totally revised my ideas about what really happened. Let's first adress a little history about the two victims, Edward V and Richard, duke of York.