Elizabeth Tilney: Grandmother to Queens and Mistresses

Elizabeth Tilney

Five hundred years ago a woman who was born into the gentry (but not one of the leading noblewomen in the country by any mean) became the founding matriarch of England’s premiere family during the Tudor period. Elizabeth Tilney was the grandmother of two different wives of Henry VIII, as…

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Margaret Beaufort, a woman with nerves (and cojones) of steel

So I want to talk to you today about Margaret Beaufort.  This woman is insanely gutsy.  If you don’t know of her yet, please read this post.  She’s awesome.   She was Henry VII’s mother.  Henry VII was the founder of the Tudor dynasty, so in a way, she gave…

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