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.

Henry VII

The 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne in 1509 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.

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