Tudors or Beauforts?

In Royal Marriage Secrets, John picks up the intriguing question raised some years ago by Professor Colin Richmond that the so-called ‘Tudor’ royal family were actually not Tudors, because the real father of Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, was not Owen Tudor but Edmund Beaufort (later Duke of Somerset).

In support of this argument, John cites new evidence, namely the coats of differenced royal arms, granted to Edmund and Jasper ‘Tudor’ by their half-brother, Henry VI.

If they were Tudors, Edmund and Jasper were not descendants of the English royal family, and therefore had no hereditary right to such arms. They should in fact have used versions of the completely different coat of arms borne by Owen Tudor.

But if their real father was Edmund Beaufort, they would have had some claim to differenced royal arms.

There is absolutely no surviving evidence that Catherine of France (mother of Henry VI and of Edmund and Jasper) ever married Owen Tudor.

But for those who maintain that Edmund and Jasper were the sons of Owen Tudor, their grant of differenced royal arms by Henry VI could raise a potentially interesting modern question.

Should Tom Parker Bowles (son of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall) be granted the royal arms, differenced by the addition of a bordure?

Review of "Royal Marriage Secrets" from the Historical Novel Society

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John Ashdown-Hill takes on all controversial British royal marriages in this work, well organized chronologically with particular focus on key figures and exceptional circumstances surrounding the marriage, or lack thereof. Early chapters provide background information on the evolution of marriage in general as well as royal marriage practices. Did you know that in the Medieval Age it was more common to marry at the west door of a church, rather than inside at the altar?

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Spectator Reviews "Royal Marriage Secrets"

Royal Marriage Secrets: Consorts and Concubines, Bigamists and Bastards 

John Ashdown-Hill

Reviewed for the Spectator by Petronella Wyatt:

… Ashdown-Hill writes with a conviction based on new and solid research.

… anyone interested in a more balanced assessment of Richard III’s right to be king can do no better than read this engrossing and extremely pertinent book.


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