The beginning of the House of Tudor was Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Elizabeth of York’s first marriage was arranged to be with George Neville but his parents abandoned George’s cause. Edward IV, Elizabeth’s father, died in 1483, and her brother, Edward V, became king. When Edward V became king, their uncle; Richard (later known as Richard III), became regent and schemed for the throne. Richard claimed that Edward IV’s marriage was bigamous, which made all the children of Edward IV ineligible for succession. In the Tower of London where Edward V and his brother were imprisoned, they later disappeared, and everyone thought that it was because Richard murdered them. Once Elizabeth’s brothers were dead, there was no heir to the throne, which made Richard, King Richard III. Elizabeth’s mother, Elizabeth Woodville, was determined to have Richard removed, so she made an alliance with Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII.) The marriage was arranged in hopes to enlist the previous Yorkists to look after him. Henry VII ascended to the throne on August 22, 1485, at the age of 28 years old, and then crowned after he defeated Richard III a...
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...ended with James I of Scotland, who was not a major part of the dynasty. The importance of the Tudor family historically is that the entire dynasty proved that it is better to be feared than loved when ruling. The impact that that theory has put on history is major. When you read on the history of past rulers you think that the rulers are mean, but it’s just that, in order for certain things to happen, people have to fear that ruler to do the things that are supposed to be done.
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