Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameTUDOR, Henry VII, King Of England , 11C15R
Birth28 Jan 1457, Pembroke Castle, Wales
Death21 Apr 1509, Richomod Palace, Surrey
OccupationKing Of England 1485-1509
Misc. Notes
First sovereign of House of Tudor

Henry VII
Although supported by Lancastrians and Yorkists alienated by Richard III's usurpation, Henry VII's first task was to secure his position. In 1486 he married Elizabeth of York, eldest daughter of Edward IV, thus uniting the Houses of York and Lancaster. Henry's reign (1485-1509) was troubled by revolts, sometimes involving pretenders (such as Perkin Warbeck and Lambert Simnel) who impersonated Edward V or his brother. In 1485, Henry formed a personal bodyguard from his followers known as the 'Yeomen of the Guard' (the oldest military corps in existence today).

Henry strengthened the power of the monarchy by using traditional methods of government to tighten royal administration and increase revenues (reportedly including a daily examination of accounts). Royal income rose from an annual average of £52,000 to £142,000 by the end of Henry's reign. Little co-operation between King and Parliament was required; during Henry's reign of 24 years, seven Parliaments sat for some ten and a half months.

Henry used dynastic royal marriages to establish his dynasty in England, and help maintain peace. One daughter, Margaret, was married to James IV of Scotland (from whom Mary, Queen of Scots and her son, James VI of Scotland and James I of England, were descended); the other daughter married Louis XII of France. Henry spent money shrewdly and left a full treasury on his death in 1509.
Marriage18 Jan 1486, Westminster, England
SpousePLANTAGENET, Elizabeth Of York, 11C15R
MotherWOODVILLE, Elizabeth (-1492)
Misc. Notes
Heiress of House of Plantagenet
SpouseCatherine Of Aragon (-1536)
Birth28 Jun 1491, Greenwich
Death28 Jan 1547, Whitehall, London, England
SpouseCatherine Of Aragon (-1536)
SpouseBOLEYN, Anne (-1536)
SpouseSEYMOUR, Jane (-ca1537)
SpouseAnne Of Cleves (-1557)
SpouseHOWARD, Catherine (-1542)
SpousePARR, Catherine (-1548)
3 FTUDOR, Margaret, 12C14R
4 FTUDOR, Mary, 12C14R
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