The Houses of Tudor is the second in an annual series that will take a look at the Kings and Queens of England, Scotland and after 1603 the United Kingdom. The first in the series was the Houses of Lancaster and York.
From the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 to the death of Good Queen Bess in 1603, the age of The House of Tudor was forged in bloodshed. Grasping the crown on the battlefield, Henry Tudor’s claim on the throne may have been slender, but he went on to create a dynasty that saw some of the best known of our Kings and Queens sit upon the English throne. Like Lancaster & York, this second issue features individual portraits of the monarchs, complemented with a four-stamp miniature sheet illustrating significant people and events from the period.
Face values of the 56p and 72p have been changed to 62p and 81p as a result of postage rate increases.
class: Henry VII (1457-1509)
Portraits of Henry VII and Lady Jane Grey by unknown artists; other credits see 'Technical Details'
The MS takes a separate look at the life and times of the age, featuring events and individuals from the reigns.
The events featured are:
1st class Henry VIII’s great Battleship the Mary Rose launched in 1510, & the royal conference between England and France in 1520 known as the Field of Cloth of Gold.
90p* expanding commerce with the foundation of the Royal Exchange in 1565, & the circumnavigation of the world completed by Sir Francis Drake in 1580. The border design features a timeline of the period.
* Face values have changed due to increased postage rates.
Rose © The Art Archive/Magdalene College Cambridge/Eileen
The Field of Cloth of Gold, 1520, The Royal Collection © 2008 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II;
The Royal Exchange of London, Wenceslaus Hollar, 1644 © The Trustees of the British Museum;
Sir Francis Drake, 1581, Nicholas Hilliard (1547–1619)/Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria/The Bridgeman Art Library
Class – Henry VII (1457-1509)
Son of Edmund Tudor and Lady Margaret Beaufort. He defeated Richard III at Bosworth, and then spent the next fifteen years surviving successive plots and rebellions. He was a great patron of the arts, builder, and a very efficient ruler. He commissioned Europe's first ever, and the world's oldest surviving, dry dock at Portsmouth in 1495.
Born Pembroke Castle 28 Jan 1457; Acceded 22 August 1485; Crowned 30 October 1485 Westminster Abbey; Died 21 April 1509 Richmond Palace
Class - Henry
The son of Henry VII. Famously married six times to secure male heirs. He presided over the English Reformation and more political executions than any other English monarch.
Born Greenwich 28 June 1491; Acceded 22 April 1509; Crowned 24 June1509 Westminster Abbey; Died 28 Jan 1547 Whitehall
– Edward VI (1547-1553)
Son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward became King at the age of nine and died age 15 from tuberculosis. During his reign reform of the Church continued with the issue of the Book of Common Prayer. England’s first Protestant ruler.
Born Hampton Court Palace 12 Oct 1537; Acceded 28 Jan 1547; Crowned 20 Feb 1547 Westminster Abbey; Died 6 July 1553 Greenwich Palace
– Lady Jane Grey (1553)
Second cousin to Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey was named by Edward and his first minister Northumberland as heir to ensure the Protestant succession and reigned from 19 July 1553 for nine days before being deposed by Mary. Beheaded in 1554 after the failure of Sir Thomas Wyatt’s attempt to depose Mary.
– Mary (1553-1558)
Daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary was the first woman to rule England in her own right. Restored the Roman Catholic Church in England, but is remembered for her savage persecution of Protestants, about three hundred were burned earning her the name Bloody Mary.
Born Greenwich Palace 18 Feb 1516; Acceded 19 July 1553; Crowned 1 Oct 1553 Westminster Abbey; Died 17 Nov 1558 St James's Palace
– Elizabeth I (1558-1603)
Daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She turned England into the dominant maritime power, and she presided over a return to the Protestant Church and a tremendous national flowering of literature. Her failure to marry and produce an heir left the royal succession open for the House of Stuart.
Born Greenwich Palace Palace 7 Sept 1533; Acceded 17 Nov 1558; Crowned 15 Jan 1559 Westminster Abbey; Died 24 March 1603 Richmond Palace
1st Class - Mary Rose
Henry VIII’s great battleship was launched in 1510. It sank in the Solent in 1545.
Class - Field of Cloth of Gold
The site of a spectacular meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France to increase the bonds of friendship between France and England in 1520.
– Royal Exchange
The Royal Exchange was founded in 1565 as a centre of commerce for the City of London.
– Sir Francis Drake
The Elizabethan adventurer and explorer who circumnavigated the globe in 1580.
Royal Portrait credits:
Edward VI (1537–53), c.1546, attributed to William Scrots,
The Royal Collection © 2008 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
King Henry VIII (oil on oak panel),Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543)/Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain/The Bridgeman Art Library;
Mary I by Antonis Moro or Mor (1516–75) © The Art Archive/Museo del Prado Madrid;
Elizabeth I by Federico Zuccari (1540/42–1609) © The Art Archive/Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena/Gianni Dagli Orti
The designs are by Atelier Works, and the 27 x 37mm stamps are printed in litho by Cartor Security Printers, Meacé, France.
The miniature sheet is 123 x 70mm. All images are Copyright Royal Mail 2009.
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Postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here. these may not be to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue.
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Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
|Ref FD912 London SE10 Official Postmark (non-pictorial version also available FD912NP)|| Ref L11326
Tower Hill, London EC3
| Ref M11336
Tudor Road, Birmingham
The House of Tudor, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
| Ref L11327
Hampton Court, East Molesey
| Ref L11318
Elizabeth I, The Last Tudor Queen, Hatfield Herts
| Ref L11317
First Day of Issue Royal Mail Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey
|Ref L11322 500th Ann of Accession of Henry VIII, London SE||Ref L11321 Cornhill, London EC3 (Grasshopper, symbol of Thomas Gresham, who founded the Royal Exchange.)|
Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, Greenwich, London SE10
500th Ann of Mary Rose, Portsmouth
The Age of the Tudors, Portsmouth
|L11329 500th Ann of Mary Rose, 500 Pour Defender AD1535, Portmsouth||Ref: L11324
The House of Tudor, London
The House of Tudor, Chopwell
Sir Francis (the) Drake, Tavistock
The Mary Rose, Portsmouth
pda pqzkno, Bletchley Park Post Office, Milton Keynes
Portsmouth permanent postmark.
Tudor Way, London N14
Tower Hill, London EC3
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This page updated 14 April 2009
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