At 11 o'clock on the night of 21st April 1509, King Henry VII died at Richmond Palace. It was not a sudden death, the king had been ill for some time and had shut himself away at Richmond since January.
John Fisher, the future Bishop of Rochester, recorded details of Henry VII's last days for a sermon. The king died a good Christian death but his last days were far from peaceful, they involved confession, prayer, weeping and a dying man trying to bargain with God, pleading with God that he would be a changed man if God sent him life. Fisher writes of how he received the sacrament of penance "with a marvellous compassion and flow of tears, that at some time he wept and sobbed by the space of three quarters of an hour."
Here are links to further reading and resources on King Henry VII:
- Henry VII e-book
- Henry VII Primary Sources page
- 60 second history - Henry VII video
- Henry VII quiz
- The Beginning of a Dynasty: The Coronation of Henry VII
- Henry VII - Usurper? video talk
- 30 October 1485 – Henry VII is crowned king
- Henry VII Winter King video
- The Tudors' journey to Bosworth
- Another Henry VII quiz