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King Henry VII

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Picture of King Henry VII

Short Biography and facts about the life of King Henry VII - Paternal Grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life King Henry VII:

  • Nationality: English

  • Father of King Henry VIII and Paternal Grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Lifespan: 1457 - 1509
  • Born: 28 January 1457
  • Succeeded to the throne of England: 22 August 1485
  • Married: 18 January 1486 to Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
  • Died: 21 April 1509
  • Family connections: The major claim of King Henry VII to the English throne was from his mother Margaret Beaufort. Margaret Beaufort was a descendant of King Edward III through his son, John of Gaunt, and his third wife Katherine Swynford
  • Religion: Catholic 
  • Character of King Henry VII  : Ambitious, clever and prudent

Information, Facts & History about the life of King Henry VII - Paternal Grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I
The following are additional facts about the life and history of King Henry VII - Paternal Grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I:

  • 1457: King Henry VII was born in Pembroke Castle, Wales
  • Henry was the only son of Edmund Tudor and Margaret Beaufort
    • Margaret Beaufort was a descendant of King Edward III through his son, John of Gaunt, and his third wife Katherine Swynford
  • The father of King Henry VII, Edmund Tudor, died before he was born and Henry was raised by his uncle Jasper Tudor
  • Henry Tudor was a member of the House of Lancaster. England entered a period of Civil war called the War of the Roses between noble factions of the House of York and the House of Lancaster
  • A Lancastrian rebellion rose against the Yorkist King Richard III following the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower ( the two young brothers of Elizabeth of York)
  • 1485 August 22nd: Henry Tudor defeated King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field and Henry Tudor claimed the throne of England
  • The Tudor Dynasty was born.
  • 1486 18 January: The Lancastrian King Henry VII married Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
  • King Henry VII cemented his succession and settled the friction between the Yorkists and Lancastrians by marrying the Yorkist heir, Elizabeth of York
  • The symbols of the two factions were White Rose of York and the Red rose of Lancaster. These were combined to form the Tudor rose
  • Henry and Elizabeth had four children who survived childhood:
    • Arthur, Prince of Wales (September 20, 1486 April 2, 1502)
    • Margaret Tudor (November 28, 1489 October 18, 1541)
    • Henry VIII of England (June 28, 1491 January 28, 1547)
    • Mary Tudor (March 18, 1496 June 25, 1533)
  • King Henry VII was a prudent King. During his reign he brought wealth and prosperity to England
  • King Henry VII died on 21 April 1509
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