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On This Day… The Birth Of The Tudor Age!

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 May 2019

It was on this day, 22nd August, back in 1485 when the Tudor age began with the death of Richard III at the battle of Bosworth, the last significant clash of the Wars of the Roses and a defining moment in English and Welsh history. Richard became King two years earlier following the death of his brother, after he had Parliament declare his brother’s son, Edward V, illegitimate and ineligible for the throne.

Henry Tudor, became a king on the field of battle

Henry Tudor, became a king on the field of battle

Over in Brittany, Henry Tudor, a descendant of the House of Lancaster, decided to challenge Richard’s claim to the throne. On August 7th Henry Tudor arrived on the coast of Wales and marched towards London. In retaliation Richard III mustered his troops and intercepted Henry's army south of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire. A few interesting things to note regarding Bosworth is that it only became known as the battle of Bosworth around 25 years after it was fought. Originally it was known as the battle of ‘Redemore’, meaning place of reeds. We are of course still learning about King Richard III’s demise following the discovery of his skeleton beneath a Leicester car park.

The first Tudor King

The first Tudor King

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