The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth of York, the First Tudor Queen of England

Elizabeth of York, Queen to King Henry VII of England, died in the Tower of London on February 11, 1503. She had given birth to a daughter Katherine on February 2 and never recovered. The death was a shock to her husband, her children and to the nation.

‘Now Is the Winter of Our Discontent’: “Good” King Richard Takes the Stage

The Golden Age Theatre Company, who put on this reboot of Richard’s life, tried to portray a different side of the story

Margaret Beaufort, Mother of King Henry VII

Margaret Beaufort, Mother of King Henry VII By Susan Abernethy Lady Margaret Beaufort was the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty of Kings in England. Her life was greatly influenced by the turning of the Wheel of Fortune. That she managed to survive the vagaries of the War of Roses in England is something at which […]

Twilight Tours at the Tower of London!

A review of the Twilight Tour at the Tower of London!

Perkin Warbeck and King James IV of Scotland

Whether James believed Warbeck was really Richard or not, he viewed Warbeck as a pawn to be used to recover the castle town of Berwick and in the diplomatic war with England.

Welsh Poetry and the War of the Roses

This is a brief summary of a paper on Welsh poetry, patronage and politics. It was given at the Celtic Studies Association of North America Annual Conference at the University of Toronto April 18 – 21, 2013.

Henry VII and Rebellion in North-Eastern England, 1485–1492: Bonds of Allegiance and the Establishment of Tudor Authority

Henry VII’s most pressing problems in the seven years following his victory at Bosworth on 22 August 1485 originated, arguably, amongst those former servants of Richard III who actively sought the return of a Yorkist monarchy.

Were the “Princes in the Tower” Murdered?

The short answer is ‘No, not together nor in the Tower’, but as to their murder elsewhere, it all depends on the definition.

Perkin Warbeck

King Richard IV – or lookalike launched and manipulated by Yorkist conspirators? Ian Arthurson argues he was neither, but a brilliant impersonator who could have triumphed on the stage.

In A Woman’s Hand? The Question of Medieval Women’s Holograph Letters

In A Woman’s Hand? The Question of Medieval Women’s Holograph Letters Tarvers, Josephine Koster Postscript, Vol. 13 (1996) Abstract “Who was the first woman to write in English?” This question, posed informally by John Hurt Fisher almost two decades ago, has so far defied answer. Our fragmentary knowledge of medieval educational practices, the problem of manuscript […]

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