Tudorites are always very keen to claim the introduction of the Renaissance to England as their territory. Anyone who went before the blessed Henry VII had nothing whatsoever to do with it. Right? No, very wrong.
Lady and gentlemen, I give you the Wilton Diptych (see here and also this video), which was created for and loved by Richard II. He was a whole century before Richard III and therefore before Henry VII and his crowd too. Um, and Richard II was also before the murderous usurpation of the House of Lancaster, the heir of which crowd Henry Tudor pretended to be.
If more proof were needed as to the origin of the diptych, it even has a portrait of Richard II as the boy kneeling before the Madonna and Child.
I’ll warrant Richard III was as appreciative of it then as we are now. He was an educated, literate, thoughtful man of piety, so of course he was drawn to exquisite art and all its advances and improvements. More than Henry Tudor, I’d be willing to bet.
The diptych has been described as one of the most familiar and admirable works of the late Gothic Period or Early Northern Renaissance. Which indeed it is, so shame on those who spout the Tudors’ praises for single-handedly bringing such fine art to England. All the Tudors ever did was hang on to their stolen throne any way they possibly could, with great cruelty.
Are they really saying that all of a sudden, on 22nd August 1485, thanks solely to Henry Tudor, England woke up with the dazzling Renaissance placed generously in its lap? Well, it woke up with something, that’s for sure. An ensuing century of misery, secrecy, torture and blood-spilling. Forget the Wars of the Roses, the Tudors got rid of all their foes with one hand behind their backs.
You’ve guessed it—I’m NOT a fan of theirs, even though I’m half-Welsh.