The marriage of King Henry VII to Elizabeth of York on 18 January 1486 was more than a simple marriage. And yes, it was even more than the pageantry filled wedding of a king to a woman of noble birth. Henry VII’s marriage to Elizabeth of York was a shrewd political move made with the purpose of helping the recently crowned Tudor king to secure his claim to the throne, while at the same time increasing the chances that he could begin a dynasty in his own name. Henry Tudor had emerged as the senior Lancastrian claimant to the throne and...

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