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Henry VII…er…Henry of Windsor, and his badges….

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The following excerpt, concerning royal badges, is from here:

“. . .Richard I, John, and Henry III. are all said to have used the device of the crescent and star (Fig. 680). Henry VII. is best known by his two badges of the crowned portcullis and the “sun-burst” (Fig. 681). The suggested origin of the former, that it was a pun on the name “Tudor” (i.e. two-door) is confirmed by the motto “Altera securitas” which was used with it, but at the same time is rather vitiated by the fact that it was also used by the Beauforts, who had no Tudor descent. Save a very tentative remark hazarded by Woodward, no explanation has as yet been suggested for the sun-burst. My own strong conviction, based on the fact that this particular badge was principally used by Henry VII., who was always known as Henry of Windsor, is that it is nothing more than an attempt to pictorially represent the name “Windsor” by depicting “winds” of “or.” The badge is also attributed to Edward III., and he, like Henry VII., made his principal residence at Windsor. Edward IV. also used the white lion of March (whence is derived the shield of Ludlow: “Azure, a lion couchant guardant, between three roses argent,” Ludlow being one of the fortified towns in the Welsh Marches), and the black bull which, though often termed “of Clarence,” is generally associated with the Duchy of Cornwall. Richard III., as Duke of Gloucester, used a white boar. . .”

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I have queries about this. Was Henry VII really ‘always’ known as Henry of Windsor? And did he make Windsor his principal home?

Further, was he best known for his badges of ‘the crowned portcullis’ and the ‘sun burst’? The portcullis, yes, possibly, but not the sun burst. Henry used the Tudor rose and the Welsh dragon, but I don’t recall seeing sun bursts all over the place in the same way. As for a sunburst depicting ‘winds’ and ‘or’ to represent Windsor. . .

I’m not arguing with the writer of A Complete Guide to Heraldry, just curious about these statements regarding Henry VII. Any opinions, folks?

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3 thoughts on “Henry VII…er…Henry of Windsor, and his badges….

  1. I don’t recall seeing anything about a sunburst emblem for Henry VII, but the Beaufort portcullis is all over the place with him and the Tudors.

    And “the Beauforts, who had no Tudor descent” – excuse me? Margaret Beaufort, anyone? Mother of that Welsh PoS?

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  2. hoodedman1 on said:

    I don’t recall anything that calls him Henry of Windsor, nor have I seen a sunburst emblem (if that’s what it’s supposed to be.) The only one I’ve seen other than the two emblems you mentioned, the portcullis and the dragon, is a greyhound. They was some kind of spiky design on Henry’s son Arthur’s badge but I seem to recall they looked more like arrows/spears.

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  3. sighthound6 on said:

    I thought it was Henry VI was was “Henry of Windsor”. Harry Tydder was not born at Windsor but in Pembroke so I cannot imagine why he would be called “of Windsor” given that these names – when not family names – usually relate to place of birth. For example, Richard of Conisbrough, Henry of Bolingbroke, John of Gaunt.

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