Society Mission Statement
The Henry Tudor Society was founded in early 2013 and exists to discuss, debate and deliberate the life and times of Henry VII, the first Tudor king of England. The Society also seeks to examine the general 15th Century period and the Wars of the Roses.
Why do we need a Henry Tudor Society?
Henry VII ruled England, Wales and Ireland from 22 August 1485 to 21 April 1509, an eventful reign of 24 years that enabled the kingdom to emerge from the fractious Wars of the Roses and into the adventurous and prosperous Renaissance period. His reign has often been overshadowed as it was a tenure flanked by the controversial Richard III and notorious Henry VIII, two kings who tend to dominate the attentions of historians and fiction authors. With the rise of the internet, social media and a number of publications of poor academic quality, historical figures have become more accessible than ever, causing the truth to occasionally become distorted and inaccurate.
It is abundantly clear that Henry VII is a monarch respected by academics and students of history, but misunderstood by the general public, their knowledge developed through historical fiction and myth rather than sound fact. He is a king often accused of being parsimonious, miserly, ruthless, severe and avaricious to the extreme, cold to his wife and cruel to friend and foe alike. The study of Henry’s life, from his beginnings through to the exile, and from his early reign to the tragic end, put forward a different man. It is this man, the real Henry, not the mythical Henry, that we aim to bring to the fore. A man who had an astounding tenacity to survive, to cling to his throne and to pass his crown to his son in a peaceful manner, something which eluded several monarchs before him.
Regrettably, Henry VII was overlooked by William Shakespeare, meaning that whilst he wasn’t demonised to the levels seen of Richard III, he has become somewhat misunderstood and overlooked. We will aim to being this mighty, if enigmatic, king out of the shadows once and for all.
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“…he was moderate, honest, frugal, affable, and kindly.” – Polydore Vergil