After having been a widow for closely three months, thirteen year old Margaret Beaufort and her unborn child were thought not to survive this childbirth. But when, on the winter morning of January 28th 1457, Margaret had been in labour for too long, she finally gave birth to a tiny little boy at his uncle’s castle of Pembroke, probably in the now so-called Henry VII Tower.
The story goes that baby Henry, or Owen as how he was called for many years by the Welsh, was conceived at Jasper Tudor’s Caldicot Castle when the just married Edmund Tudor Earl of Richmond and Margaret Beaufort spent some ‘’quality’’ time together.
Ironically Edmund died precisely at his 1st wedding anniversary on November 1st (0r the 3rd)1456 and so would not live to see his son. Edmund left his young wife and unborn child to the care of his brother Jasper who took his place as a father. Edmund’s legacy lived on and would exceed every expectation he might have had for his child. It would take nearly 3 decades to accomplish the unthinkable.
The future Henry VII and with him the Tudor Dynasty was born, today 556 years ago.
For more about Edmund Tudor’s death you can see my previous post.