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Old 08-22-2017, 12:16 PM
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Today in 1485 Henry VII became King of England - here are ten facts about the ruler

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Old 08-22-2017, 12:51 PM
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I wonder why Henry VII didn't remarry after his wife's death?
He was still relatively young (46 only) and had only one living heir (who was then still a bachelor and childless); could't he find a princess 20 years younger who could give him a few healthy sons?
What could have happened if something bad happened to the heir? (for example if he had fallen from the horse and broken a backbone).
A supposition how many people would save their heads, how much bloodshed would have been spared comes to mind by itself.

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Old 08-22-2017, 07:27 PM
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Henry and Elizabeth of York seem to have had a very happy and contented marriage. Maybe Henry just couldn't bring himself to replace her with another? There were moves in the direction of him marrying his son Arthur's widow Katherine of Aragon but the Spanish Court weren't keen and so Henry didn't pursue it.

Apparently there were rumours that he was attracted to the beautiful widow of Perkin Warbeck, the Pretender. She was restrained after her husband's death but treated with honour and spent a lot of time at Court. She wasn't his mistress but they did play cards together and she helped to nurse him in his final illness.

Henry was absolutely crushed after his wife's death and was unusual in that he had been faithful to her. So, in the end, perhaps he felt he would be better off alone, in spite of the risks of a sole male heir. His son was a big and strong lad and his father probably had the feeling that he was healthy and would live to maturity.

Henry VIII wasn't particularly tyrannical as a young King. He was athletic, well educated, good looking and much admired. He and Katherine were quite happy in the early years of their marriage. Things changed later, of course.
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:30 AM
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I thought that he considered Juana of Spain "La Loca" as a wife even though she had metnal problems. WHy he didn't find some wife.. is unusual...
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:59 AM
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Louis XII of France began marriage negotiations between Henry VII and the recently widowed Louise of Savoy (mother of the future Francois I).Louise was reported to have been horrified at the match and it soon fell apart ,Louis XII was probably hoping to ship his strong willed and meddlesome cousin off to England.
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While Henry VII and Elizabeth of York surely experienced the ups and downs of any marriage, the historical evidence suggests that a true love grew between them.
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Old 02-23-2018, 09:36 PM
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Yes I believe that. The fact that Elizabeth was a modest woman, content to take a back seat certainly helped of course. Henry's dynasty was so new it was a good job she was not ambitious for herself! She was a devoted wife and mother and a very kindly person, I believe.

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