Henry’s first instinct was to send for Elizabeth who, seeing her husband in ‘natural pain and sorrow’, comforted him . Her response was reassuring and rational. Henry should, she said, remember that he had a ‘fair and goodly’ prince and two fair princesses. Besides which, he still had her and they could still have more children: ‘we are both young enough’. Finally calming, Henry thanked his wife, who returned with her ladies to her apartments, where she broke down.
The scene was replayed in reverse now, it was Henry who came to console Elizabeth in good haste out of ‘true, gentle and faithful love’, and who reminded her of the advice she had just given him.
[On Arthur’s death] Winter King, Henry VII and The Dawn of Tudor England, Thomas Penn