Arthur, Prince of Wales

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Arthur of England, Prince of Wales

Also Known As: "Arthur Tudor", "Rosebush of England"
Birthplace: St. Swithin's Priory, Winchester, England
Death: April 02, 1502 (15)
Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire, England (United Kingdom) (disease)
Place of Burial: Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York
Husband of Catherine of Aragon, Queen consort of England
Brother of Henry VIII, King of England; Elizabeth Margaret Tudor; Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset; Mary Tudor, Queen consort of France; Margaret Tudor, Queen consort of Scots and 2 others
Half brother of Sir Roland Velville, of Beaumaris

Occupation: Prince of Wales
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About Arthur, Prince of Wales

Arthur, Prince of Wales

Spouse Catherine of Aragon

Father Henry VII

Mother Elizabeth of York

Born 20 September 1486


Died 2 April 1502 (aged 15)

Ludlow Castle, Wales

Burial Worcester Cathedral

"Arthur Tudor (19 or 20 September 1486 - 2 April 1502) was the first son of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, and therefore, heir to the throne of England and Wales. As he predeceased his father, Arthur never became king. The throne was taken by his younger brother Henry, who became King Henry VIII."





1. [S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."

2. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 149. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.

The popular belief that Arthur was sickly during his lifetime stems from a misunderstanding of a 1502 letter, but there are no reports of Arthur being ill during his lifetime. Arthur grew up to be unusually tall for his age, and was considered handsome by the Spanish court: he had reddish hair, small eyes, a high-bridged nose, resembling his brother Henry, who was said to be "extremely handsome" by contemporaries. As described by historians Steven Gunn and Linda Monckton, Arthur had an "amiable and gentle" personality and was, overall, a "delicate lad".

Arthur, Prince of Wales, son and heir of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, died at Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches. He was just fifteen years old, and had only been married to the Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon for four and a half months.

It is not known exactly what killed the young prince. The theories include consumption, diabetes, sweating sickness, testicular cancer and pneumonia. Catherine also became ill, but fortunately recovered and went on to marry Arthur’s younger brother, Henry, when he became King in 1509. Arthur was laid to rest in Worcester Cathedral, in Prince Arthur’s Chantry.

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Arthur, Prince of Wales's Timeline

September 19, 1486
St. Swithin's Priory, Winchester, England
September 24, 1486
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
September 24, 1486
Winchester Cathe,Winchester,Hampshire,England
September 24, 1486
Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
April 2, 1502
Age 15
Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire, England (United Kingdom)
April 21, 1502
Age 15
Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)