Henry Tudor & the Yeoman

Tudor RoseOn the 30th of October 1485, Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII. On the day of his coronation, historians claim that he created the first permanent armed body in England to serve the monarch—the Yeoman of the Guard.

The Tudors were Cymry (Welsh), hailing from the southwest county of Sir Benfro (pronounced sheer benvro) and were known as the Tudors of Penmynydd.

The Yeomen were chosen from among the Tudors’ own countrymen and this select body of soldiers eventually evolved to set the precedent and standard for the Welsh Guard, renown for their bravery and dedication to serving their contry.

This was also the period at which Cymru (Wales) lost its final vestiges of independence from the English crown (until recent decades) since the king was a Welshmen (Cymro). The crimes of Edward I were not forgotten, nor were the efforts of Owain Glyndŵr during the reign of Henry IV to rid his country of the tyranny of the English yoke.

Once on the throne, the Tudors did as all power-seduced individuals do, they abandoned their supporters in favor of their grip on wielding power over others and the most expedient path to dynasty in spite of Henry VII’s desperate brutality. Despite Elizabeth I’s granting William Williams Pantycelyn the responsibility of translating the Bible into Welsh, the Tudors ceased to be Welsh, though they held the title of the monarchs of England and Wales.

 

 

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