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royal family that ruled England from 1485 to 1603. Its founder was Owen TudorTudor, Owen,
d. 1461, founder of the Tudor dynasty. He belonged to an ancient Welsh family. He was a squire at the court of Henry V, and, probably in 1429, he married Henry's widow, Catherine of Valois, by whom he had five children.
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, of a Welsh family of great antiquity, who was a squire at the court of Henry V and who married that king's widow, Catherine of ValoisCatherine of Valois
, 1401–37, queen consort of Henry V of England, daughter of Charles VI of France. Married in 1420, she bore Henry the son who was to become Henry VI.
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. Their eldest son, Edmund, was created (1453) earl of Richmond, married Margaret BeaufortBeaufort, Margaret, countess of Richmond and Derby
, 1443–1509, English noblewoman, mother of Henry VII. She was the daughter and heiress of John, 1st duke of Somerset, and great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster.
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 (a descendant of John of GauntJohn of Gaunt
[Mid. Eng. Gaunt=Ghent, his birthplace], 1340–99, duke of Lancaster; fourth son of Edward III of England. He married (1359) Blanche, heiress of Lancaster, and through her became earl (1361) and duke (1362) of Lancaster.
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), and had a posthumous son, Henry, who assumed the Lancastrian claims and ascended the throne as Henry VIIHenry VII,
1457–1509, king of England (1485–1509) and founder of the Tudor dynasty. Claim to the Throne

Henry was the son of Edmund Tudor, earl of Richmond, who died before Henry was born, and Margaret Beaufort, a descendant of Edward III through John
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 after defeating Richard IIIRichard III,
1452–85, king of England (1483–85), younger brother of Edward IV. Created duke of Gloucester at Edward's coronation (1461), he served his brother faithfully during Edward's lifetime—fighting at Barnet and Tewkesbury and later invading Scotland.
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 at Bosworth Field (1485). By his marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IVEdward IV,
1442–83, king of England (1461–70, 1471–83), son of Richard, duke of York. He succeeded to the leadership of the Yorkist party (see Roses, Wars of the) after the death of his father in Wakefield in 1460.
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, Henry united the Lancastrian and Yorkist claims to the throne. Of his children, his daughter Margaret TudorMargaret Tudor,
1489–1541, queen consort of James IV of Scotland; daughter of Henry VII of England and sister of Henry VIII. Her marriage (1503) to James was accompanied by a treaty of "perpetual peace" between Scotland and England, a peace that was ended when James
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 married James IV of Scotland; his daughter Mary (see Mary of EnglandMary of England
(Mary Tudor), 1496–1533, queen consort of Louis XII of France, daughter of Henry VII of England and sister of Henry VIII. She was betrothed in 1507 to the future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, but the contract was broken, and in Oct.
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) married Louis XIILouis XII,
1462–1515, king of France (1498–1515), son of Charles, duc d'Orléans. He succeeded his father as duke. While still duke, he rebelled against the regency of Anne de Beaujeu and was imprisoned (1488), but was released (1491) by his cousin King Charles
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 of France; and his surviving son succeeded him (1509) on the throne as Henry VIIIHenry VIII,
1491–1547, king of England (1509–47), second son and successor of Henry VII. Early Life

In his youth he was educated in the new learning of the Renaissance and developed great skill in music and sports.
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. All three of Henry VIII's children, Edward VIEdward VI,
1537–53, king of England (1547–53), son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. Edward succeeded his father to the throne at the age of nine. Henry had made arrangements for a council of regents, but the council immediately appointed Edward's uncle, Edward
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, Mary IMary I
(Mary Tudor), 1516–58, queen of England (1553–58), daughter of Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragón. Early Life

While Mary was a child, various husbands were proposed for her—the eldest son of Francis I of France (1518), Holy Roman
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, and Elizabeth IElizabeth I,
1533–1603, queen of England (1558–1603). Early Life

The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she was declared illegitimate just before the execution of her mother in 1536, but in 1544 Parliament reestablished her in the succession after
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, were rulers of England. Following the death of Edward VI, there was an unsuccessful attempt to place Mary of England's granddaughter, Lady Jane GreyGrey, Lady Jane,
1537–54, queen of England for nine days. She was the daughter of Henry Grey, marquess of Dorset (later duke of Suffolk), and Frances Brandon, daughter of Henry VIII's sister Mary.
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, upon the throne. The reign of the Tudors was distinguished by considerable governmental reorganization, which strengthened the power of the monarchy; the rise of England as a naval power and a corresponding growth in the sense of national pride; and the Reformation of the English church with attendant religious strife. It was a period of a remarkable flowering of English literature and scholarship. Upon the death of Elizabeth I (1603), the Tudor dynasty was succeeded by the house of StuartStuart
or Stewart,
royal family that ruled Scotland and England. The Stuart lineage began in a family of hereditary stewards of Scotland, the earliest of whom was Walter (d. 1177), grandson of a Norman adventurer.
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, whose claim to the throne derived from Margaret Tudor. Among the noted historians of the Tudor period are Geoffrey Rudolph EltonElton, Sir Geoffrey Rudolph,
1921–94, English historian, b. Germany as Geoffrey Rudolph Ehrenberg. He was educated at the Univ. of London and began teaching at Cambridge in 1949, holding the post of Regius Professor of Modern History there from 1983 to 1988.
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, Sir John Ernest Neale, and Albert Frederick Pollard.


See also C. Read, The Tudors (1936); C. Morris, The Tudors (1955); M. Foss, Tudor Portraits (1974); A. Plowden, The House of Tudor (1982); T. Penn, Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England (2012).

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a royal dynasty that ruled in England from 1485 to 1603, replacing the house of York. The house of Tudor was founded by Henry VII, who ruled from 1485 to 1509; descended from Welsh feudal lords on his father’s side, he was related to the Lancasters through his mother. The other Tudor monarchs were Henry VIII (ruled 1509–47), Edward VI (ruled 1547–53), Mary I (ruled 1553–58), and Elizabeth I (ruled 1558–1603).

The policies of all the Tudors except Mary reflected the interests of the English nobility and bourgeoisie of the 16th century; these policies were based on protectionism, patronage of navigation, conflict with Spain, and the principles of the Reformation. The Tudors were absolute monarchs, and Parliament was an obedient tool of the crown. With the development of capitalist relations, however, Parliament became the mouthpiece of the bourgeois opposition, and in the last years of Elizabeth’s reign, it began a struggle against royal absolutism. This struggle became especially intense under the next dynasty, the Stuarts.


Bindoff, S. T. Tudor England. [London, 1951.]
Williamson, J. A. The Tudor Age. London, 1953.
Elton, G. R. England Under the Tudors. New York [1956].
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1. an English royal house descended from a Welsh squire, Owen Tudor (died 1461), and ruling from 1485 to 1603. Monarchs of the Tudor line were Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I
2. denoting a style of architecture of the late perpendicular period and characterized by half-timbered houses
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"But what are you doing here?" Tudor asked, releasing the sailor's hand and leaning eagerly forward.
"He and I were the two survivors of the wreck of the Huahine," Tudor explained to the others.
"He saved my life, the beggar," Tudor explained, as the Tahitian strode away and with heavy softness of foot went down the steps.
And thereat, solicited by Joan, Tudor narrated the wreck of the Huahine; while Sheldon smoked and pondered, and decided that whatever the man's shortcomings were, he was at least not a liar.
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The Tudors were one of the most colourful and important royal dynasties to rule Britain and now it is hoped that by marking the beginning of the royal dynasty the county and town can capitalise on its Tudor connection, worth potentially millions in tourism pounds.
Mrs Jenkins said: "The children have done a lot of work researching facts and knowledge about the Tudors, and it culminated in having King Henry VIII visit them in school.
Visitors can also take part in a traditional Tudor dance, watch a demonstration of sword-fighting and see weaponry and armour from this period, and write with a feather quill like those the Tudors used.
A sight not to be missed will be a tug-of-war contest which will be see Tudors from the 16th century compete against members of the public from the 21st century.
Books on the Tudors clearly sell and are indicative of a growing market for popular history yet claims that this inevitably means 'dumbing down' are misplaced.
TO celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Tudors: The Complete Third Season out on December 7, we have a 26in Sony Bravia LCD TV and Blu-ray player to be won, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
AT RYTON Junior School, the Year 4 children have been learning all about the terrific Tudors. On Tuesday 21st October, the children took part in an exciting Tudor trail down by Newcastle Quayside.