Cultural depictions of Henry VII of England

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Henry VII of England has been depicted a number of times in popular culture.


As a youthful Earl of Richmond, Henry is a character in the play Henry VI, Part 3 by William Shakespeare. He is also a character in Shakespeare's play Richard III.

The Founding, Volume 1 of The Morland Dynasty, a series of historical novels by author Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, is set against the background of the Wars of the Roses. Towards the end of the novel a fictional account is given of Henry winning his crown through the Battle of Bosworth, and of the events leading up to this battle.

He is the hero of the historical novel An Unknown Welshman (1972) by Jean Stubbs.

In the celebrated fantasy novel The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford, Henry is killed at the Battle of Bosworth, thus preventing the House of Tudor from ruling England.

Henry appears in four novels by Philippa Gregory: The Red Queen (2010), which centers on the life of his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort and her ambition to get him on the throne and The White Princess (2013), which centers on his wife, Elizabeth of York. He also appears as a supporting character in The White Queen (2009), which centers on the life of his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Woodville and briefly appears in The Constant Princess (2005).


Henry has been portrayed by the following actors on film, mostly in versions of the Shakespeare play:


Henry has been portrayed on television by:

Further reading[edit]

Sue Parrill and William B. Robison, The Tudors on Film and Television (McFarland, 2013). ISBN 978-0786458912.

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