1536 – Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, Dies

23 Jul

Henry VIII’s eldest son, conceived through his mistress Elizabeth Blount, was born 15 June 1519, and was a godsend to the King, whom at the time had no living sons to become his heir.  FitzRoy was given the education of a prince and title and money despite his illegitimacy and soon became the wealthiest man in England behind the King himself.  Henry VIII was even rumored to have plans to make his son Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (making him King of Ireland in all but name), but the boy grew ill and died of tuberculosis on 23 July at the age of seventeen, leaving the king devastated.  It is said that if Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour had not given birth to the future Edward VI and FitzRoy had lived, the boy would have gone on to rule England as Henry IX.

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Posted by on July 23, 2015 in British Royalty, The Tudors


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