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  1. Arthur, Prince of Wales (19/20 September 1486 – 2 April 1502), was the eldest son of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York. He was Duke of Cornwall from birth, and he was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester in 1489.

  2. Jan 13, 2022 · Arthur Prince of Wales (1486-1502) Arthur was born in September 1486 to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at Winchester. After the years of factional fighting, now known as the Wars of the Roses, Henry VII felt the need to strengthen his claim to the throne. Arthur’s name was chosen purposely to refer to the legendary British king.

  3. When Arthur was three, in November 1489, he was knighted and invested as Prince of Wales, in a grand ceremony at Westminster, on the same day as his sister, Margaret, was christened. Shortly after, his formal academic education began, under John Rede, once headmaster of Winchester School.

    • Arthur's Birth
    • Arthur's Christening
    • Upbringing
    • Marriage
    • Arthur's Death
    • Notes and Sources

    David Starkey1 writes of how the court arrived at Winchester in early September and wonders if it was the 60+ mile journey on bad roads that caused Elizabeth to go into labour and give birth a month early. Arthur was born "afore one o'clock after midnight"2on 20th September 1486 and despite being about a month premature, little Arthur was healthy. ...

    Starkey points out that the christening of Prince Arthur "was the first of many spectacular ceremonies that Henry used to mark each stage of the advance and consolidation of the Tudor dynasty"4, it was the start of a whole new era. Click hereto view a Claire Chats video on ordinances written by Margaret Beaufort, Henry VII's mother, in 1486 when El...

    The royal nursery was managed by Elizabeth, Lady Darcy, and Arthur was given a wet-nurse, a lady named Caroline Gibbons. Two royal "rockers" were also appointed to rock the baby prince's cradle and two men, John Alcock, Bishop of Worcester, and Peter Courtenay, Bishop of Exeter, advised the King on Arthur's upbringing. On the 29th November 1489, Ar...

    Arthur, Prince of Wales, married Catherine of Aragon on Sunday 14th November 1501 at St Paul's Cathedral in another Tudor lavish ceremony. Arthur's younger brother Henry, the man who Catherine later married, escorted the bride from the bishop's palace to the cathedral. They processed into the cathedral on an elevated platform which ran the whole le...

    Just before Christmas 1501, the couple left the royal court at Richmond to travel to Ludlow, stopping to celebrate Christmas at Woodstock in Oxfordshire. The plan was for Arthur and Catherine to get experience in government by governing the Welsh Marches, but things were not to be. On the 2nd April 1502, Arthur died. It is not known what exactly ki...

    From Margaret Beaufort's Book of Hours, quoted in Henry VIII: Virtuous Prince, David Starkey, p42
    Virtuous Prince, p42-43
    Ibid., p43-45
    Ibid., p45
    • Who Was Arthur, Prince of Wales?
    • The English Sweat
    • Why Was Arthur So Important?
    • How Did Arthur's Death Change History?

    Born in Winchester Castle in September 1486—a scant nine months after his parents's marriage—Arthur was the eldest of King Henry VII's four surviving children with Elizabeth of York. Named after the legendary king of Camelot, Arthur was engaged as a toddler to Catherine of Aragon, the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I ...

    Also known as "sweating sickness" and simply "the sweats", the so-called "English Sweat" which claimed Arthur, Price of Wales's life has remained a medical mystery for centuries. Reaching epidemic proportions on no less than five occasions during the late 15th and early 16th centuries, sweating sickness was highly lethal. Physician John Caius, whos...

    Henry VII (Arthur and Henry VIII's father) spent much of his reign planning out how to maintain the Tudor dynasty's hold on the throne; a goal in which Arthur played a pivotal role. Not a wildly popular king, Henry VII did not win the throne until he was in his late 20s, having spent much of his life in France in an effort to protect him from Yorki...

    Henry VIII's rule had a dramatic and long-lasting impact on European history, in large part because of his years-long quest to create a male Tudor heir to follow him on the throne. He began by marrying Catherine of Aragon, Arthur's widow; a marriage which was only allowed by the Catholic church when Catherine testified that she had never had sexual...

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  4. Aug 27, 2022 · Arthur, Prince of Wales, son and heir of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, died at Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches. He was just fifteen years old, and had only been married to the Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon for four and a half months. It is not known exactly what killed the young prince.

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