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Tudor Dynasty.

The 3 generations that ruled England. Part 1: Henry VII.

By G. AliPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
Henry VII

The English dynasty, which ruled England from 1485 to 1603, was composed of members descended from the Houses of Lancaster and York. It was like a game of chess, where members were eliminated to get the English throne and take over the whole country. It had been seen fought by multiple houses over the centuries. Gruesome, violent, and filled with prolific individuals, England has seen its fair share of battles from royal members trying to win over the power that it held by dominating the entire island. The House of Tudor was no exception, and it was the only house in English history to break ties with the Roman church, produce its own church managed by a king, and produce its own bible written in English. So who founded such a house that is still considered by many to be one of the most famous and well-known houses in English history? Well, sit down and relax and delve deep down into the history of the king that ended the War of the Roses, a monarch that was obsessed with trying to procreate a male heir into the English family by constantly marrying, a king who was considered by many to be the first English monarch to be raised as a protestant, a queen known for killing and wiping out protestants and later on being remembered as the “bloody queen of England” and the “virgin” queen that changed England for the better.

Henry VII:

What he was mostly known for?

Richard III's arch nemesis and founder of the Tudor line was known by many for uniting the houses of Lancaster and York by defeating his cousin Richard III and marrying a York lady. He is also known for producing a spare heir that had a thing for marrying and beheading wives.


Born into the house of Lancaster in the late 15th century, he was the son of Margaret of Beaufort, descended from the 1st Duke of Lancaster as the great-great-grandson of John of Gaunt, married Elizabeth of York, niece of Richard III, and the eldest sister of the former King Edward V and member of the extinct house of York, later on procreating 7 children, of which 4 survived and were considered significant in English history. Nothing much is known about his childhood, except that his father, Edmund Tudor, was taken into captivity by a Yorkist supporter and later on died before his birth, which was during the War of the Roses. He spent the latter part of his life at Pembroke Castle, witnessing the chaos of the war.


After ending the war and creating peace in England after 3 decades, Henry VII tried his very best to keep his throne and the Tudor name away from the supporters of Richard III who wanted a member from the York lineage to take over England which did take a huge toll upon him as he, later on, became paranoid from his own supporters and even his mother. From being considered a wise, clever, brave, and judicious king to a secretive, greedy monarch who became ever so suspicious of his surroundings after the death of his son and wife, whom he cherished very dearly.

His Demise:

The constant anxiety of losing the throne and the legendary Tudor name, and the constant reminder and haunting of his late loved ones, might have led historians to believe his mental health began to decline in his late 40s and early 50s. This also led to his reign of tyranny, in which the name of the Tudor dynasty was slowly starting to deteriorate as well. That is why many bishops, dukes, and even the people of England were ecstatic when the tyrannical ruler, Henry VII died due to tuberculosis in the early 16th century and his “spare” heir, the ever so famous, popular, and dashing and young Henry VIII became the new king of England, unbeknownst by everyone at that time that he would be even worse than his late father.


About the Creator

G. Ali

A history enthusiast and an admirer.

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