Family Tree Details
Tudor, Owen (b.1400 - d.1461)
+Catherine (of France) ( - d.1438) =Tudor, Edmund (Earl of Richmond) ( - d.1456) | +Beaufort, Lady Margaret (b.1443 - d.1509) | =Henry (VII, King of England 1485-1509) (b.1457 - d.1509) | +Elizabeth (of York) ( - d.1503) | =Arthur (Prince of Wales) (b.1486 - d.1502) | =Margaret (Tudor, Daughter of Henry VII) (b.1489 - d.1541) | =Henry (VIII, King of England 1509-1547) (b.1491 - d.1547) | =Mary (Tudor, Queen of France) (b.1495 - d.1533) =Tudor, Jasper (Earl of Pembroke) (b.1431 - d.1496) =Thomas (Westminster Monk)
It is believed that Owen Tudor and Catherine were secretly married in this year or just before.
Catherine died in this year after retiring to Bermondsey Abbey. Some reports say she died whilst giving birth, but this is probably wrong.
After the death of Catherine of France Owen Tudor was summonsed by Henry VI. Owen was unsure of Henry's motives and wanted some guarantee that he would be able to leave unharmed. That guarantee was given and Owen went to London. Still cautious, Owen used the safety of Westminster to investigate the King's reasons for his summons and when he was relatively happy visited the King. Owen was charged with certain crimes but was cleared and allowed to leave. On his return to Wales Owen was arrested and imprisoned in Newgate gaol.
Somehow Owen escaped from the Newgate prison along with his priest and servant but was soon recaptured and sent to Windsor Castle.
Owen Tudor was pardoned for all crimes he had been accused of and released from Windsor Castle. He was taken in by the King and given a regular income. Owen and his sons proved to be faithful Lancastrian supporters.
Edward Earl of March, now the heir to the English throne, showed off his military skills at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross in Herefordshire. The Lancastrians with Welsh support had caught Edward as he travelled to London. On the morning of the battle three bright lights were seen in the sky. Edward used this strange sight as a good omen. The Lancastrians were defeated and Owen Tudor was captured and beheaded. Jasper Tudor escaped.