Here’s my post followed by some early entries to the Creative Challenge, day two…
I’m not a Tudor expert. Other people with a lot more knowledge of British History have written volumes and volumes on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and the rest. Today’s blog doesn’t come close to telling the whole story of that family. But it is the birthday of Elizabeth Tudor, Henry the VIII’s little sister, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about her.
She was born in 1492, one year after Henry. Although she was just three years old when she died she was already a pawn in the marriage game the Tudors were so very “good” at playing. She was to be wed to Prince Francis. Had she lived she would have become Queen of France to his King Francis I. Alas the little girl died of atrophy in 1495.
Elizabeth spent much of her short life at the royal nursery of Eltham Palace, Kent, with her brother Prince Henry (the future King Henry VIII) and her sister Princess Margaret (later Queen of Scotland) under the guidance of a Lady Mistress, presided over by her mother. Elizabeth’s oldest brother, Prince Arthur, as heir to the throne, was brought up separately in his own household. [Find a Grave.com]
Her death, she was the first of the children to die young –Edmund and Katherine would also die in infancy — effected the family greatly. Her parents spent a lavish amount of money on her funeral and tomb. And Margaret and Henry were devastated by the loss of their little sister and play mate. (He was only 4 at the time.)
A decade later Arthur, the eldest and heir, would die too. Here is Henry with his surviving sisters Margaret and Mary.
When the Court was sure that Arthur’s widow, Katherine of Aragon, was not with child, Henry was made Prince of Wales and the heir apparent. He also became betrothed to Arthur’s widow Katherine of Aragon to maintain the political alliance of the marriage brought with Spain. (He was 15, she was 21).
Henry VIII is, of course the central figure in this chart — I supposed that happens when you have six wives and change the church of a nation — but there are eight other heads of states on there (not including poor Jane Grey). That’s a lot of power in one family.
His older sister, Margaret, was married off to James IV of Scotland. She was the grandmother of Mary Queen of Scots.
His younger sister, Mary, was married first to Louis XII of France, a man 30 years her senior. He died two months later and Mary married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, in a secret ceremony, and with out Henry’s consent. She was the grandmother of Lady Jane Grey.
Thanks to Bill and KL for playing along on the Creative challenge today… I like the way you think!
Please feel free to join them by commenting with your creative take on TUDOR or sending me an email.
Bill suggests a VW Beetle as our Tudor (or is it two door)…
KL sent in this gif for us. You have to look closely at it to see why…
Liisa thought of a Tudor Rose — the rose that has red on the outside and a white center, the colors of the petals representing the joining of the York and Lancaster houses after the War of the Roses.
- Book review: G.J. Meyer’s “The Tudors – The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty” (thoughtsonwritingandreading.wordpress.com)
- A new emission from the Diaries of Henry Tudor (Part Three…) (professoranastasiavb.wordpress.com)
- The King’s Deception and listen to my interview with the author (tillie49.wordpress.com)
- Tudor portraits to be restored at National Portrait Gallery (telegraph.co.uk)