Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fact of the Day: Arthur Tudor Of Winchester

While Henry VII took England's throne by conquest in the defeat of his distant cousin Richard III in the House of York, the need to cement his claim was immense. While Henry VII was descended from King Edward III, he also wanted to assert more ancestry than that. He had genealogists trace his descent back to the legendary King Arthur, and thus he named his first son Arthur (who died tragically in his teenage years) and had him born in Winchester which at the time was believed to be where the Camelot of legend was located. 

11 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

If all else fails, be related to a classic

NanaDiana said...

Another little known fact I would have never known had I not read it here. Have a great Thursday, Adam!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Arthur's death is what put his brother Henry VIII in line for the throne. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Sandra Cox said...
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Sandra Cox said...

This is intriguing, Adam. I didn't know that. You find the most fascinating historical trivia.
On cat moms (Wed's WW): Are you familiar with Scarlett's story?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_(cat)

Martha said...

Always so much going on with these people.

Fundy Blue said...

How the course of English history might have changed if Arthur had lived and become king rather than Henry VIII! Henry VII was the last English king to win his throne on the battlefield. The 1000+ year struggle of the English to establish a democracy and via them the Americans always makes me wonder why we think we can establish democracy in a relatively few years in countries ruled by autocrats and with a history of autocratic rule.

Lois said...

Interesting how history takes its course. Too bad about Arthur, but Henry VIII certainly was a fascinating character!

Mary Kirkland said...

I didn't know that.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wow, that's one great information you shared!

Christine said...

Interesting.