Henry VII: Miracle King
Henry Tudor invoked providence to gain his throne in 1485, but it was skilful use of heraldic and religious imagery, as well as promotion of the cult of Henry VI that ensured he retained it. In this Tudor anniversary year, Gordon Marsden looks at the miraculous reign of a clever king.
This year's 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne will inevitably be marked by celebrations of his life of which the old egomaniac himself would heartily have approved. But his father, Henry Tudor (1457-1509), founder of the Tudor Age, whose tenacity enabled his 17-year-old son to come peacefully into his inheritance in April 1509, richly deserves attention at this anniversary moment too.
This article is available to History Today online subscribers only. If you are a subscriber, please log in.
Please choose one of these options to access this article:
- Purchase an online subscription
- Purchase a print and online subscription
- If you are already a print subscriber, purchase the online archive upgrade
Call our Subscriptions department on +44 (0)20 3219 7813 for more information.
If you are logged in but still cannot access the article, please contact us
- Middle East
- North America
- South America
- Central America
- Early Modern
- 20th Century
- 21st Century
- Economic History
- Environmental History
- Historical Memory
- Science & Technology