Person:Arthur Tudor (1)

Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales
Facts and Events
Name Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales
Gender Male
Birth[1] 19/20 Sep 1486 Winchester, Hampshire, EnglandHouse of Tudor
Alt Marriage May 1499 Bewdley, Worcestershire, Englandby proxy
to Catherine of Aragon
Alt Marriage 19 May 1501 Bewdley, Worcestershire, Englandby proxy
to Catherine of Aragon
Marriage 14 Nov 1501 St. Paul's Cathedral, London (City of), London, Englandto Catherine of Aragon
Death[1] 2 Apr 1502 Ludlow, Shropshire, EnglandLudlow Castle
Reference Number? Q711801?
Burial[1] Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England


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Arthur Tudor (19/20 September 1486 – 2 April 1502) was Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester and Duke of Cornwall. As the eldest son and heir apparent of Henry VII of England, Arthur was viewed by contemporaries as the great hope of the newly established House of Tudor. His mother, Elizabeth of York, was the daughter of Edward IV, and his birth cemented the union between the House of Tudor and the House of York.

Plans for Arthur's marriage began before his third birthday; he was installed as Prince of Wales two years later. At the age of eleven, he was formally betrothed to Catherine of Aragon, a daughter of the powerful Catholic Monarchs in Spain, in an effort to forge an Anglo-Spanish alliance against France. Arthur was well educated and, contrary to some modern belief, was in good health for the majority of his life. Soon after his marriage to Catherine in 1501, the couple took up residence at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire, where Arthur died six months later of an unknown ailment. Catherine would later firmly state that the marriage had not been consummated.

One year after Arthur's death, Henry VII renewed his efforts of sealing a marital alliance with Spain by arranging for Catherine to marry Arthur's younger brother Henry, who had by then become Prince of Wales. Arthur's untimely death paved the way for Henry's accession as Henry VIII in 1509. The potential for a question as to the consummation of Arthur and Catherine's marriage, was much later (and in a completely different political context) exploited by Henry and his court to cast doubt on the validity of Catherine's union with Henry, eventually leading to the separation between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Arthur, Prince of Wales, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Prince Arthur, in Find A Grave.
  3.   Cokayne, George Edward, and Vicary Gibbs; et al. The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant [2nd ed.]. (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910-59), Volume 3 page 175, Volume 3 pages 441 and 442.