Some Tudor History…


Thanks to Philippa Gregory’s books and the film adaptation of her novel The Other Boleyn Girl, I have become a huge fan of the Tudors and the era in which they lived. I have written reviews for 5 of Philippa’s books and I recommend that you read her work; it’s historical fiction and the Tudors at their best! To read my reviews of her work please click on the title: The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool, The Virgin’s Lover, The Boleyn Inheritance and The Other Queen. There is one more book in this series that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading them yet; The Constant Princess.

Who were the Tudors?

The Royal Tudors family tree traces the rise and the fall of the Plantagenet dynasty and the start of the Tudors dynasty with Owen Tudor. The Tudor family tree ends with Elizabeth I. Queen Elizabeth I died childless, thus ending the famous dynasty of the Tudors, and she was succeeded by King James I (1603–1625) and the dynasty of the Stuarts. Who did the Tudors marry? The six wives of Henry VIII immediately spring to mind. Who were the children of the Tudors? And who were the close relatives of the Tudors? Full details of the Tudors and their family tree is available in this section. King Richard III was defeated by Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 which started the House of Tudor. It is interesting to note that Edmund Tudor married Margaret Beaufort who was a descendent of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford.   



The dynasty of the Tudors was symbolised by the Tudor Rose which was the emblem of the Tudors and represented the fusion of the Lancastrian and Yorkist noble factions. This fusion was symbolised by the White rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster. An important emblem of the Tudors dynasty which marked the end of the devastating English civil war called the Wars of the Roses.

 The Tudor Rose (above)


Map of Europe in the year 1560 (above) – Please click on the image to enlarge.

Henry VIII Wives

The Tudors encompass one of the most exciting periods in English History. The dynasty of the Tudors include Kings and Queens such as King Henry VIII and his daughters, Bloody Mary and Queen Elizabeth I. But King Henry VIII is perhaps most famous for his number of wives – six in all. What were the names of King Henry VIII wives and in what order did he marry them?

Catherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Anne of Cleves
Catherine Howard
Catherine Parr


There is a popular rhyme which details the how the marriages of each of the wives of King Henry VIII ended:

“Divorced, Beheaded, Died
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”

For more information on The Tudors and their history please go to the following websites:

Tudor Genealogy, The Tudors, and History on the Net

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


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6 thoughts on “Some Tudor History…

  1. What a fascinating and fact filled post on Tudor History Bobbie! I’ve only read a few of Phillipa Gregory’s books and have enjoyed them both. I haven’t seen the movie yet but certaintly want to.

    Check out my Sunday Salon post, I’ve passed on an award to you!

  2. Hi Bonnie,

    Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope you read more of her novels as they are quite fascinating and some are very seductive too. :-)

    Wow, thank you so much for the 2009 Friendly Blogger Award. I feel so honoured that you thought of me!!! I really, really appreciate it! :-)

  3. I think that it’s great that Philippa Gregory’s novels and “The Tudors” series have rekindled people’s interest in this period of history. I have loved The Tudors since I studied that period for my History A Level at school – the personalities are just so interesting. Anne Boleyn has got to be my favourite though – what an influence she had on England, what with causing the break with Rome, being a strong woman and having such an influence on a monarch, and of course giving birth to Elizabeth I!

    Congrats on your blog post, it’s both thorough and interesting.

  4. Hi Claire (TheAnneBoleynFiles),

    I LOVE your site! Thank you so much for leaving a comment. :-)
    I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post.
    It certainly was a fascinating time in history with even more fascinating people!

  5. Hi Claire (TheAnneBoleynFiles),

    Oh, thank you so much! :-) Yes, please do read some of my historical fiction reviews.
    Are there some books on Anne and Mary Boleyn that you might recommend to Tudor fans?

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