Picture Library - BOSWORTH AND AFTER

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Bosworth and After

The battle of Bosworth in 1485 brought a new dynasty to power – the Tudors. On the losing side in the engagement were a number of men commemorated by brasses, notably John Sacheverell, whose epitaph at Morley records his death on the field, and William Catesby, Richard III’s notorious servant, whose epitaph at Ashby St Legers, deliberately conceals his involvement – it dates his death two days before the battle. An example of a brass commemorating someone on the winning side is the restored brass to Edmund Tudor, earl of Richmond, Henry VII’s father, at St David’s Cathedral. A number of prominent Yorkist courtiers during Edward IV’s reign related to Queen Elizabeth Woodville, such as the Gaynesfords of Carshalton and the le Strange’s of Hillingdon received preferment under Henry VII.

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Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond and father of Henry VII, 1458, Victorian restoration of brass engraved c. 1480, St. David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire




John Sacheverell, 1485 engr. c. 1525, Morley, Derbyshire


William Catesby, 1485 engr. c. 1506, Ashby St. Legers, Northamptonshire


Nicholas Gaynesford, esquire of the body to Edward IV and Henry VII, and wife Margaret, gentlewoman to Queen Elizabeth Woodville and her daughter

                                  Elizabeth of York, c. 1485, Carshalton, Surrey


John le Strange, and wife Jacquette, sister of Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV’s queen, 1509, Hillingdon, Middlesex






Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond and father of Henry VII, 1458,

Victorian restoration of brass engraved c. 1480, St. David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire








John Sacheverell, 1485 engr. c. 1525,

Morley, Derbyshire










William Catesby, 1485 engr. c. 1506,

Ashby St. Legers, Northamptonshire











Nicholas Gaynesford, esquire of the body to Edward IV and Henry VII, and wife Margaret, gentlewoman to Queen Elizabeth Woodville

and her daughter Elizabeth of York, c. 1485,

Carshalton, Surrey









John le Strange, and wife Jacquette, sister of Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV’s queen, 1509,

Hillingdon, Middlesex




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