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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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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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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.
http://henrytudorsociety.com/2015/08...zabeth-of-york
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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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It's unfortunate that modern interpretations want to instill drama where there are no reports of any. Not every woman in history wants to rock the boat and be an Anne Boleyn or Margaret Beaufort or Elizabeth Woodeville; some women are happy with a quiet life and what if that was all Elizabeth of York wanted.
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Elizabeth of York and her Kings.
An examination of the marital relationship between Elizabth and Henry VII.

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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...
Yes there was talk of a marriage with a Joanna, but not Joana/Juana the mad. But Juana's cousin Joanna of Naples. Joanna's mother was born Joanna of Aragon, the daughter of Ferdinand I and sister of Ferdinand II. The young Joanna had been married to her nephew Ferdinand II of Naples, but was a widow. An ambassador was sent to Naples to meet Joanna and bring back a report to Henry of Joanna as no painting was available. Nothing came of it. Joanna never remarried.
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It's unfortunate that modern interpretations want to instill drama where there are no reports of any. Not every woman in history wants to rock the boat and be an Anne Boleyn or Margaret Beaufort or Elizabeth Woodeville; some women are happy with a quiet life and what if that was all Elizabeth of York wanted.


She’d certainly had enough drama and upheaval prior to the marriage to last the rest of her life. If she wanted peace and quiet, I can hardly blame her.

I read a good book about her by Alison Weir. I wish we knew more about her. But I do think it’s notable that Henry VII was apparently devoted to her. As miserly as he was, as poorly as he treated Katherine of Aragon, he seemed to be a good husband. Especially given the times in which he lived.
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Yes there was talk of a marriage with a Joanna, but not Joana/Juana the mad. But Juana's cousin Joanna of Naples. Joanna's mother was born Joanna of Aragon, the daughter of Ferdinand I and sister of Ferdinand II. The young Joanna had been married to her nephew Ferdinand II of Naples, but was a widow. An ambassador was sent to Naples to meet Joanna and bring back a report to Henry of Joanna as no painting was available. Nothing came of it. Joanna never remarried.
Henry VII also considered a marriage with Juana the Mad. He met her briefly - and was smitten by her beauty - when she and her husband Philip were shipwrecked off the English coast while on their way to Spain in January 1506.

See David Starkey, Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII (HarperCollins, 2003), pp. 91-93 & 100-101

See also Calendar of State Papers, Spain, March 1507, entry 502:
Spain: March 1507 | British History Online

also April 1507, entry 511:
Spain: April 1507 | British History Online

and January 1508, entry 577:
Spain: January 1508 | British History Online
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