KING HENRY VII
King Henry VII
Born: 28 January 1457
Henry Tudor, founder of the famous Tudor dynasty, came to the throne after defeating King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Henry was born in Pembroke Castle, Wales, on 28 January 1457, and was the son of Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, and Margaret Beaufort, daughter of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. Of Welsh descent on his father's side, he was descended from Edward III on his mother's side, and his mother played a significant role in his rise to power in 1485.
The Battle Of Bosworth 1485
Henry was on the Lancastrian side of the Wars of the Roses, and by
the 1470's was the main Lancastrian claimant to
the throne. Living in exile abroad, when Richard III became King in 1483,
Henry attempted to invade the country and claim the crown, but his ships
were dispersed by storms. However, with French support, his invasion attempt
in the summer of 1485 was successful, and with his army of hundreds, he
met the King's forces at Bosworth field. Richard III was killed in the
battle, and Henry was accepted as the new King. Legend has it that Richard's
crown was found in a Hawthorn tree.