Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Question from Julian - Henry VII's military training
I am a serious amatuer Historian and Living History enthusiast of the English late-15th century; and I have been researching the 13 yr. Exile of Henry Earl of Richmond. And after 5 years steady part-time work on this project, I have exhausted all the mentions in English sources. One side-thread I am just starting to consider, - not having thought of it previously - is how much military training Jasper Tudor would have insisted the young Henry undertake. Do you know if any reputable military Historian has published anything on Henry VII as a soldier and military commander. If you do, references would be gratefully received. Thank you.
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Henry would have been given some military training while he was ward of William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, and indeed witnessing the battle of Edgecote Moor was part of that. If he had military training with Jasper Tudor it would have been in Brittany and France. He was short sighted and didn't enjoy jousting, but he would, of course, have had military training this disability notwithstanding.
I would think that Henry Tudor would have most definitely have learned something about swordsmanship-it would have been impressed upon him as a nobleman's child as early as seven years old. He also would have to have learned the basics of battle tactics, horsemanship, and possibly archery (he was noted for his love of hunting) if he was to survive his adolescence and early adulthood: Richard III was notorious for sending assassins to France to kill him, and he never knew when he would have to be ready to fight in battle.
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