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Tudor Minute November 1: RIP Edmund Tudor

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for November 1.

Today in 1456 Edmund Tudor died in Carmarthen Castle, likely from the plague, though rumors persist that he was poisoned. He was the son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois in their secret marriage when the dowager queen married her squire. Their children became half brothers to Henry VI, who gave Edmund the wardship of Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was a great Lancastrian heiress. It was the marriage between Lady Margaret and Edmund that led to Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII. Margaret was about 6 months pregnant with Henry when Edmund died.

Edmund was buried at the monastery of Greyfriars, but was moved to St. David’s Cathedral by his grandson Henry VIII, when Henry dissolved the monasteries.

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.