Thursday, October 18, 2012

Henry VIII's Hidden History

Tom has been researching Henry VIII's life for years, and he recently uncovered a "secret son."

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond
Henry VIII had an illegitimate son by a mistress (Lady Elizabeth Blount).  The son was named Henry Fitzroy ("son of the king") and lavished with titles and entitlements that made him the second richest person in the kingdom, second only to the king himself.  He was known as Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond, illegitimate son of Henry VIII of England. The portrait miniature, is circ. 1534-1535.
At the age of 14, Henry Fitzroy married Mary (Thomas Howard's only daughter).  The marriage was never consummated.  He died of TB at the age of 17, on July 23, 1536 - note that Anne Boleyn was beheaded on May 19, 1536.  They would have no doubt known each other.  Henry Fitzroy's widow never remarried, and she died at age 36.  They are buried together in the same tomb at St. Michael's, Suffolk.
WHERE DID HE LIVE?  - According to, 
Henry Fitzroy was sent to live in the north of England to help control the area, living in the castle at Sheriff Hutton just north of York, on his way there he stayed at the home of Lady Maud Parr nee Green (mother of Queen Catherine Parr, Anne Parr, and William Parr) whose brother-in-law William was in charge of Fitzroy's household, and her son William was a companion of Fitzroy's. Lady Parr's daughter would accompany them as far as Lincolnshire where the 11 year old Catherine was to marry Lord Borough's son.

Family members:
Father: Henry VIII
Mother: Elizabeth Blount
Half-sister: Princess Mary Tudor
Half-sister: Princess Elizabeth Tudor
Half-brother: Prince Edward Tudor
Paternal grandfather: Henry VII of England
Paternal grandmother: Elizabeth of York
Maternal grandfather: Sir John Blount
Maternal grandmother: Catherine Pershall

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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