TDISH: The King of the Kitchens

On May 24, 1487, a king of England was crowned in Dublin.  Wait a second, that’s not where English kings are crowned!  You’re exactly right!  This was no normal coronation.  The young boy who was being crowned was the Earl of Warwick – and had more a right to the throne than the pretender, Henry VII.  Or that’s what the nobility around him said.  Henry VII (also known as Henry Tudor) claimed the Earl of Warwick was his prisoner.  So who was the real Earl?  The answer is most likely lost to history, but as events progressed, it became clear that the question didn’t really matter.  Henry VII executed his Earl of Warwick and the Earl from Dublin was defeated in battle when his nobles tried to claim the throne for the young boy.  Henry did not blame the boy and clearly thought that he truly was an innocent pawn.  The young Earl was not condemned to death, but to a life in Henry VII’s kitchens.

Sources:
Featured Image. “Lambert Simnel: Pretender.” By Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Vol XXV. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1910. 124. – Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Vol XXV. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1910. 124., Public Domain.
Mason, Emma. “Lambert Simnel: Richard III’s heir who ‘had a stronger claim to the throne than Henry VII’” 23 February 2015.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s