Owen Tudor

Owen Tudor

Birth
Isle of Anglesey, Wales
Death 4 Feb 1460 (aged 59–60)
Hereford, Herefordshire Unitary Authority, Herefordshire, England
Burial Hereford, Herefordshire Unitary Authority, Herefordshire, England
Memorial ID 39205911 · View Source
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Welsh Aristocracy. His Welsh name being Owen ap Meredydd, he was commonly called Owen Tudor. He was the founder of the Tudor dynasty. The five sovereigns of the Tudor dynasty are among the most well-known figures in Royal history. Owen was a descendant of the Welsh Prince Rhys ap Gruffudd. He began his life at court by appearing as a squire at the court of the infant King Henry VI. By all accounts he was a handsome man who caught the eye of the Queen Mother, Catherine of Valois, who gave him a post in her household. Around 1428 it was common knowledge that Tudor and Catherine of France were living together as man and wife but it has yet to be found the time or place of the marriage. Five children were born to Owen and Catherine, two of them being Edmund and Jasper. It was in 1436, when Tudor was imprisoned, and Catherine retired to Bermondsey Abbey, where she died on the 3rd of January 1437. He was allowed to go back to Wales but he was arrested and taken to Newgate. He escaped and went back to Wales. When Henry VI was of age he made provisions for Owen, who took the red rose and fought bravely and strongly for it. His last battle came at Mortimer's Cross on Febuary 4, 1460. He was captured by the Yorkists who beheaded him in Hereford market place and set up his head on the market cross.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Owen Tudor (1400–4 Feb 1460), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39205911, citing Church of the Grey Friars, Hereford, Herefordshire Unitary Authority, Herefordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .