This is a series of articles dealing with the British nobility beginning with William the Conqueror in 1066 and ending with Henry VIII circa 1530. The information within has been compiled from multiple resources and a bibliography will follow the completed work. Beginning with the Normans, the Plantagenets, the Lancasters, the Yorks, and then finally, the Tudors.
The House of Tudor
Henry VII: He came to the throne when he defeated Richard III. He expanded the justice system to prosecute powerful land-barons when they broke the law. He united the Houses of Lancaster and York by marrying Elizabeth of York. He invaded France in 1491, but agreed to withdraw all English forces for a large sum of money. Perkin Warbeck attempts to claim the throne but is imprisoned and executed. In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic and discovered the New World. In 1503, Prince Arthur, Henry’s son, died, leaving his younger brother, Prince Henry (soon to be Henry VIII) as the heir to the throne.