Late birthday present to one of my favorite Lancastrian women, my Lady the King’s Mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort. She has recently been villainized yet again by TWP and honestly, she gets such terrible representation. She became a mother aged 13 and had to care for her son and his claim in the world of men. Margaret was a victim of the troubling times of the Wars of the Roses. The survival of her son and his title were her main priority and her ambitions for the throne were only grown once Richard III ascended.
“I am who I am because of my lady mother. She was destined to be Queen, as am I. My mother was a daughter of the House of Lancaster and married the heir to the House of York. Tis’ I who unites the houses of York and Lancaster. She fought tooth and nail to keep our family together, to protect our inheritance and my family’s legacy. Tis’ I who will be Queen of England, and by the Grace of God I will bring peace and unity to a kingdom that is rightfully mine.”
Medieval Gold Henry VII Signet Glove Ring, 15th Century
A substantial gold ring dating from the period of Henry VII and the Wars of the Roses, the tapered band with channeled edges engraved with flower and foliage design, a line of three rose blooms at the shoulders, the circular bezel with incuse and retrograde design of a standing heraldic dragon passant sinister with wings addorsed and mouth open, palm branches above and behind, ’S’ before and a star below, with Latin retrograde Black Letter ’+Crede.et.vi[n]c[e]’ inscription for ‘Believe and Conquer’ and the letter ’S’ possibly relating to the name of the owner.
Someone please write this for me. I have exams next month. I should be studying.
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This is my first fanfiction. Please go easy on me. Enjoy.
War of the Roses AU
With alterations, fantasy elements and gender equality.
Henry 7 x Elizabeth of York
He was the York heir. The true heir to the throne of England. Bearing the Crest of White Rose. Boruto Uzumaki was betrayed by Kawaki who destroyed his clan, the Uzumaki, and killed his father, his hero, the King of England, Naruto Uzumaki. He was the rightful heir and yet all the forces behind him, the Hyuuga - his mother’s clan - and the Senju and their allies, all rallying under the Yorkist white rose, were not enough to defeat the vile creature who had taken over the throne and the realm.
Alliance with the Lancasterians - the Uchiha and their allies - would mean certain victory. But putting three centuries long blood feud and rival claims to the throne behind them is not an easy feat. Boruto Uzumaki however steels himself and taking his mother’s advice, approaches Sasuke Uchiha, the current leader of the House of Lancaster.
“A marital alliance?” Boruto hears his voice echoing in his head.
“Yes. My daughter, Sarada, is an excellent warrior and statesman. She will make a fine bride and Queen.” The tall, dark figure of his new found ally, who had once been acknowledged by his father as the only man equal to him in the whole world, proposes. He pauses, and adds in a quieter voice, “You need mentorship. I will support you through my seat in the Parliament.”
Before Boruto could even think about this, another set of onyx eyes met his. Only this time, his soul and heart were both set on fire. His head feels light and a blush blooms across this cheeks. A cool, confident smirk on her perfect face was returned with a stutter. The Lancasterian heiress curtsised graciously, the smirk still intact, her eyes never leaving his piercing blue ones, with her left fingers reaching out to her swan-like throat, gently pressing upon the pendant of her necklace, the rubies crafted perfectly to form the Lancasterian Crest of Red Rose, beautifully complementing her wine red dress, porcelain white skin and raven hair.
Boruto stood up majestically, his black cape not completely hiding his white clothes beneath. His golden locks resplendent in the sunlight filtering into the abbey where the meeting between the Yorkists and the Lancasterians is being hosted. The smile never left his lips which were now ghosting into a smirk. The stutter is gone. Confidence returns and he answers without even looking at Sasuke Uchiha, his eyes still on the dove-like creature.
A beautiful smile blossoms on her face. Boruto finds himself returning it with unhesitatingly. A fire had been lit in both their souls, hearts and bodies.
Sasuke looks over the two of them. He remembers his old rival and hopes his thoughts reach out to him in Heaven. “Perhaps this could work out after all.”
England will be under the Crest of a rose. Only this time, it won’t be either white or red.
It will be both. Red and White. York and Lancaster. Uchiha and Uzumaki.
Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden • This is the last i the ‘war of the roses’ series by Iggulden. The books follow the disputes and battles between house Lancaster and York, and the rise of the tudors. It’s fairly historically accurate while also being incredibly compelling and exciting to read. I have absolutely loved all four of the books in this series and definitely recommend them!
It was very nice to get away for a few days & go camping. I explored Cabela’s for the millionth time (twice), replaced my broken buck head, & got fudge (not shown OR shared). Took a little road trip through Lancaster County & instantly fell in love. Laughed around the campfire, had my first steak from a campfire, & just generally relaxed 😏
1. Between two historical figures 2. Between two historical ‘periods’, reigns or eras 3. Between two conflicts 4. Between two historical objects 5. Between two historical pieces of clothing or fashion trends 6. Between two factions (anything from Lancaster and York to Whig and Tory) 7. Between two concepts (this is flexible) 8. Between two ‘areas’ of history (social, economic, military, et.c.) 9. Between two forms of transport or specific vehicles (the Mary Rose, penny farthing) 10. Between two general objects (cannons, dolls, knives) 11. Between two dishes or foods 12. Between two historians 13. Between two events 14. Between two historical couples 15. Anything you want
18 JANUARY 1486: The Union of the Red and the White Rose:
On January 18th, 1486 Henry VII married Elizabeth, Princess of York, eldest surviving daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. There is a not a lot of information regarding the wedding ceremony. Henry VII had swore he would marry Elizabeth when he had been in exile in Brittany, at Vannes Cathedral, three years prior. A lot had happened since then though. The papal dispensation that their mothers had secretly plotted to get had to be reissued. The papal dispensation covered the Earl of Richmond and the natural daughter of Elizabeth of York (meaning the Lady Elizabeth, not the legitimate daughter and heiress of Edward IV). It was vital that the couple married under the good eyes of the church. The fifteenth century had descended into chaos when two branches of the Plantagenet House had annihilated each other, their descendants had married off to other noble houses and as a result (after Bosworth), Henry claimed the crown. But he was not blind, conquering and ruling were two different things. He needed stability or at the very least, give the illusion of it to the people to put down civil unrest. Therefore he needed to marry Elizabeth who was the eldest living descendant of the first Yorkist King. The papal dispensation took time, and meanwhile Henry had to establish himself as the realm’s ruler. He established his claim to the throne through his “right of conquest” and his mother, Margaret Beaufort whose family descended from John of Gaunt via his third marriage to his mistress, Katherine Swynford. Nevertheless, his claim to the throne was still seen as weak, which was why parliament asked him on December 1485, two months after he had been crowned, to keep his promise to marry the Princess Elizabeth, and strengthen the claim of his descendants.
“Marrying Edwards eldest daughter was essential to holding that support and trying to restore some stability to the English royal line.” (Jones, Hollow Crown)
The pope had finally granted the dispensation at the beginning of the year, and it was confirmed in England by the papal legate, the Bishop of Imola on 16 January, two days later the coupe were married.
The wedding ceremony was officiated by the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Bouchier. Given the statement that Henry wanted to make, as it was mentioned earlier, about their union; the Abbey would have been filled with Tudor imagery that Henry had created that gave a new interpretation of the dynastic conflict that is now known as the wars of the roses. By intertwining the white rose of York (Edward IV’s favorite symbol besides the sun in splendor) with the red rose, Henry VII’s union with Elizabeth meant to give a powerful message of peace. Illusory as it was, its impression lasted and their descendants continued to use this device and celebrate the union of their ancestors, Henry and Elizabeth. The building would have been decorated by royal colors such as “purple and gold, silk, ermine and delicate cloths of tissue.” And the bride, adds Licence: “would have been splendidly dressed and adorned with jewels, lace, brocade and ribbons.” She would not have worn white, given that white was not a color worn for wedding dresses.(The first royal bride who did was in fact her daughter-in-law, Katherine of Aragon, when she married Prince Arthur). Elizabeth would have likely worn purple as it symbolized royalty, or taken one of her many new gowns.
After the archbishop placed the golden ring on Elizabeth, the couple said their vows. Following royal custom, Elizabeth promised to take Henry as her husband “for fairer, for fouler, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to be blithe and amiable, and obliging in bed and at board” till death do them part.
“The wedding was celebrated in the customary fashion, with "wedding torches, marriage bed and other suitable decorations,” followed by “great magnificence … at the royal nuptials … Gifts flowed freely on all sides and were showered on everyone while feasts, dances and tournaments were celebrated with liberal generosity to … magnify the joyous occasion.” (Jones, Hollow Crown)
Besides the expenses, that no doubt would have been great, Elizabeth would have seen the new rose, the Tudor rose in every corner as well as her husband’s other badges. By intertwining the white rose of York (Edward IV’s favorite symbol besides the sun in splendor) with the red rose, Henry VII’s union with Elizabeth meant to give a powerful message of peace. Illusory as it was, its impression lasted and their descendants continued to use this device and celebrate the union of their ancestors, Henry and Elizabeth.
In recent fiction the two have been portrayed as an unhappy couple, pushed into the marriage by their shrewish mothers, but this is an interpretation based on secondary sources that have come many years (more than a century in fact) after the even took place. Francis Bacon writes very colorfully of Henry, and negatively of his mother but Francis was writing a century after the events took place and the two George Bucks themselves wrote even later. It is very easy to believe these sources, but if we want to look at the couple, we just have to look at their actions, at what they faced and what moral attitudes people had in this period.
“For women of all social classes in the late fifteenth century, becoming a wife marked a significant change in status … Marriage and motherhood were the ultimate social goal, contracted for mutual benefit as well the advancement of an entire family. As the wife of the King, although not yet crowned in her own right, Elizabeth was the highest-ranking female in the land.” (Amy Licence, Elizabeth of York)
A young woman such as Elizabeth would not have missed the opportunity to regain her status as Princess, and much less to be Queen. After being bastardized, and forced into hiding at Westminster, then in the midst of intrigue in the Ricardian court (with rumors -whether they are true or not, we will never know- that her uncle wanted to marry her shortly after his wife’s passing and he later recanted after people protested at such an idea that he began to look elsewhere for a bride, and a spouse for Elizabeth); she would have no doubt welcome this new change in status. Elizabeth was a Princess-born, she had at one point been betrothed to the heir to the French Crown. She could not accept no better offer than to be a Queen, as it would also bolster her family’s position as well and it did. Henry VII rewarded the Woodvilles. Richard Woodville as the third Earl of Rivers lived comfortably, Elizabeth Woodville kept some of her dower properties and when she was present, she always took precedence. Even Margaret Beaufort had to walk behind her as the older woman was Queen Dowager whereas Margaret was just a Countess -a Countess in her own right but a Countess nonetheless. Sir Edward Woodville, Elizabeth of York’s uncle who took after his late eldest brother, was a highly pious and adventurous individual who proved his loyalty many times and was favored. The Catholic Kings themselves spoke very finely of him after his death. The set of ordinances that Edward IV had made for princes and that Anthony Woodville had supervise for Elizabeth’s brother, Prince Edward, was kept and used for Arthur’s upbringing. And Elizabeth herself was not left behind.
“Like her parents, Elizabeth was a patron of William Caxton and his successor at the Westminster printing press, Wynkyn de Worde.” (Weir, Elizabeth of York)
Furthermore, as Queen, she ruled over her own court and her own properties (some of which had previously belonged to her aunt, Isabel, Duchess of Clarence). As for Henry, this was also a personal triumph. Born to Margaret when she was thirteen (a birth that scarred her immensely. She would have no more children). Given as a ward to William Herbert who was given his uncle Jasper’s earldom of Pembroke, and raised to be the perfect Yorkist to neutralize the threat he might pose in the future, he was then sent into exile after the Lancastrian Readetion failed and every member of the royal house was eliminated. Henry lived in a period of uncertainty, danger, and now it was all over. He was King. And he could also boast of having one important advantage. Many royal couples did not have the luxury of getting to know one another. They were married to this person or that, and whether or not they liked each other, they were expected to fulfill their duties. Henry fortunately did no have this problem. In the five month period that they waited for the dispensation to come, the two got to know each other. So when they walked down the aisle, they were not complete strangers.
After the ceremonies ended, came the consummation. Elizabeth proved herself an exemplary Queen, living by the virtues of the day and this, as well as her fertility, made her well-remembered and loved. She would not be crowned until the following year, after “she proved herself” by giving Henry a male heir that autumn, less than nine months after their marriage. Given the speed in which they conceived, it is possible that the marriage could have been consummated before (since being betrothed was as good as being married. And the pope had given his approval, they knew it was only a matter of time before the bull came). But there is also the possibility that Arthur could have been premature.
Henry and Elizabeth’s marriage would remain strong, and the two would later rely on the other when tragedy came.