Henry VII escaped by a whisker….!

enery 7Henry Tudor certainly didn’t have it all his own way after Bosworth, although his incredible luck held – as it did throughout his life, except for losing his wife and eldest son. He didn’t replace the first, but had a spare for the second. Richard III had not had that luxury.

But in 1486, during a time of Yorkist uprisings against him, Henry escaped an assassination attempt. Oh, if only it had succeeded! His luck interceded yet again, and not a whisker of him was harmed. Unfortunately for his foes, they either had to flee the country or were captured and paid the price. Francis Lovell had been holed up in sanctuary in Colchester and eventually escaped to the continent (it is thought) but Sir Humphrey Stafford was drawn, hanged and quartered. A horrible fate. I’m equally horrible enough to wish it had befallen Henry.

The paragraph above is clearly only touching the surface of what went on at this vital time. The Yorkists weren’t organised enough to carry those days, and all Henry suffered was a terrible, gnawing fear that remained with him for the rest of his life. This link that follows is concerned with Desmond Seward’s excellent book The Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors, which is always worth dipping into. Very readable. So to find out more about these abortive rebellions, and Henry’s almost devilishly good fortune, have at this book!



  1. Now we are fans of Desmond Stewart? who wrote “Richard III: England’s Black Legend.” Supposing Henry had been killed in the uprisings. What would have happened? Arthur would become King, but he was still only a baby. Would EoY have been regent, when she wasn’t crowned as queen yet? Even if she were, please explain how everything would have been much better.


  2. seward may be anti richard but he is no fan of the tudors either. the book is an interesting read looking at the careers of the de la pole brothers and the poles. who knows if any of the ‘white rose’ heirs would have been good kings – but seward does argue that the fear of them impacted on both h7+h8 more than is usually acknowledged.


  3. We really don’t know what would have happened, if what did happen hadn’t happened. There are too many variables. I have been reading “When Truth Sleeps” by C.J. Lock, an alternate universe (AU) view of what might have happened if Richard had won at Bosworth. Doesn’t pretend to be anything but fiction, but does give a different slant on what might have happened during the crucial fem months after the battle. You might call it ‘realistic fantasy sci/fi.’

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