The Tudor Rose
The Tudor Rose
The dynasty of the
Tudors was symbolised by the Tudor Rose which was the emblem of the Tudors and represented the fusion of
the Lancastrian and Yorkist noble factions. This fusion was symbolised
by the White rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster. An important
emblem of the Tudors dynasty which marked the end of the devastating
English civil war called the
Wars of the Roses. This
section covers the design and adoption of the Tudor Rose by the Tudors
and where the emblems and designs can be found. A picture of the emblem
is illustrated as follows:
The Creation of the Tudor Rose
The father of King Henry VIII was Henry Tudor (who became King Henry
VII). Henry was a member of the House of Lancaster. England had entered
a long period of Civil war called the War of the Roses between the two
most powerful noble factions of England called the House of York and the
House of Lancaster. A final Lancastrian rebellion rose
against the Yorkist King Richard III following the disappearance of the
Princes in the Tower, who were the two young sons of King Edward IV. Henry
VII defeated the Yorkist
leader King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field and
claimed the throne of England becoming King Henry VII. The Dynasty
of the Tudors was
born, but it was was shaky claim based on an illegitimate
Plantagenet line. The Lancastrian King
Henry VII therefore cemented his claim by marrying Elizabeth of York, the Yorkist
daughter of King Edward IV. The Houses of York and Lancaster therefore
merged leading to the creation of the emblem called the Tudor Rose.
The Design of the Tudor Rose
The national flower of England is
the rose which was adopted as Englandís emblem during the time of the
Wars of the Roses (1455-1485)). The design took the white rose of York
as the center of the flower, and the red rose of Lancaster as the
outside edging. The design symbolised unity and mutual regard.
The Tudor Rose
The Tudor Rose emblem was used a
badge, a distinctive device which is displayed as a mark of recognition
by an individual or family and worn as a symbol of loyalty and
allegiance. The emblem became part of the British heraldic tradition.
The Tudor Rose Badge is still evident on the uniforms of the Yeomen
Warders at the Tower of London.
The Tudor Rose of
The Tudor Rose emblem can be found
on many old buildings in England. Hampton Court Palace built by Thomas
Wolsey and 'acquired' by King Henry VIII has many examples of the Tudor
Rose. The most notable examples can be seen on Anne Boleyn's Gate. The
ceilings of many old English houses are also adorned by the emblem.
Wherever it was feasible, a Tudor rose would be carved. A Tudor Rose was
found carved on to a gun on the Mary Rose ship. The tradition and emblem
is still used in modern day England. Even the current 20p coin displays
a Tudor Rose.
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