Elizabeth died on February 11, 1503 on her 37th birthday, trying to give her husband another son [but gave birth to a short lived daughter]. Henry VII would never truly recover from his wife’s death. While the entire nation grieved the loss of their Queen, Henry ordered his council to prepare the Queen’s funeral and went into seclusion. Her “departing was as heavy and dolorous as to the King’s Highness as hath been seen or heard of”. “Solemn dirges and Masses of requiems” were heard, Henry ordered 636 masses to be offered for her soul in London alone on the day after her death —her State Funeral was one of the most lavish ever seen. He ordered clothing in blue and black, blue being the royal colour of mourning, and even had his books bound in blue velvet.
It would be more than a year before the King’s grief would begin to subside ; shortly after her death he became seriously ill and was close to death, his mother fled to his side to nurse him herself. He emerged from his illness a changed man.
The Tower of London, where Elizabeth had died giving birth, was abandoned as a royal residence. He considered other marriages [with realms of Spain or Italy], but never did remarry. It might be overly-romantic to think his heart never mended, but Henry VII honoured his wife every year until his own death. Every February 11th a requiem mass would be sung, the bells would be tolled and 100 candles would burn in her honour. Henry retained the services of Elizabeth’s minstrels, who played for him at every New Year celebration up to his death.
— Elizabeth of York and her Kings, Olga Hughes (2013)
Can you imagine those poor Salem witches traveling all the way down here in covered wagons without a proper charcuterie platter or a bidet? Absolutely savage!
The White Queen Modern!AU:
LONG STORY SHORT, OUR BOY TONY WOULD BE THE AMERICAN DREAM IN THE FLESH -WELL, EXCEPT FOR HIM BEING A BRIT. ALSO SON OF AN EARL (but not much the regular earl, if you know what we mean). Anyhow, looks and title might be hereditary business, but the popularity it’s his alone, disregarding the recent royal addition to the family (fun fact: your sister marrying the current English King works wonders on you rep). There is something, a special touch in his military charm. Might that be the fact that he speaks excellent French, is a pro translator and would basically run the world alone, if duty called? Also, being seriously hot may be of help. But trust us, the key his success lies elsewhere. Read our exclusive interview and (vicariously) meet the most loyal friend, the most caring brother, the most devoted son. With the number of superlatives involved, could you expect anything less than perfection?
All we know is that shooting has ended and the movie is in post-production (nearing the end, if it hasn’t already). We’ll keep you posted when we have a release date. :)