Tag Archive | Birth and Childhood

Henry, Duke of York

It was the year 1494. Elsewhere, Christopher Columbus had discovered America, and the practice of raping the new world was beginning. Europe was in a furore over the new discoveries, but in England, King Henry VII still struggled to maintain a foothold over his decade old power.

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The Ordinary Birth of an Extraordinary Man.

On 28th June, 1491, at Greenwich Palace, a baby boy was born. However, there was little by way of fanfare to herald the birth of what would turn out to be one of England’s most famous and notorious monarchs; for the baby born that day was the future King Henry VIII himself. In fact, so insignificant was the birth of Prince Henry his grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, barely made mention of the event, and even added a correction to the date later on. However, this can be forgiven. As Prince Henry was the second son (and third child in all) of Henry VII and his queen consort, Elizabeth of York, rendering him relatively dynastically unimportant.

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