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Tudor Minute April 10, 1512: Happy Birthday James V of Scotland

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for April 10.

Today is the birthday, in 1512, of James V of Scotland, born to James IV, and Margaret Tudor, making him the nephew of Henry VIII. He is the only child of James and Margaret to survive childhood, and he became king at just a little over a year old when his father was killed at the Battle of Flodden. James married Marie of Guise, his second wife, in June of 1538, and while they had several children, only their daughter Mary survived. It was this little girl who became Mary, Queen of Scots. History repeated itself, and she became queen herself as a newborn, when her father died when she was less than a week old.

Of course it was this line that would unite the thrones of England and Scotland when James V’s grandson, James VI became James I of England after Elizabeth died.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.