On this day 28th May 1503 James IV and Margaret Tudor were married by Pope Alexander VI. A 'Treaty of Everlasting Peace' between Scotland and England was signed on that occasion. The everlasting peace lasted just ten years.
The thistle and the rose - Detail from the Treaty of Perpetual Peace (1502) between England and Scotland which was cemented by the marriage of James IV of Scotland to Princess Margaret, Henry VII’s daughter. The borders of this document illustrate the thistle (James’ emblem), the Tudor rose and the marguerete representing Margaret.
James IV (1473 - 1513). King of Scotland from 1488 to his death in 1513. He is regarded as the most successful of the Stewart monarchs. He was the last monarch of Scotland to be killed in battle. He died in the Battle of Flodden Field when he tried to invade England. He married Margaret Tudor and had four sons.
Margaret Tudor was the eldest daughter of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York. She was the elder sister of Henry VIII and Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk. Her marriage to the King of Scotland was to have repercussions for Scottish history down to this day.
Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's favourite sister - detail from her marriage portrait to Charles Brandon in1515, after she was the dowager Queen of France. She married Charles Brandon, one of Henry's dearest friends, and became the Duchess of Suffolk. She also became the grandmother of Lady Jane Grey, whose claim to the English throne came from Mary.
MARGARET TUDOR, QUEEN OF SCOTLAND, eldest daughter of Henry VII, king of England, by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, was born at Westminster on the 29th of November 1489. She married James IV of Scotland on the 8th of August 1503. Through her, the throne of England passed to the Stuarts.
The marriage portrait of 16th century bigamist and all around heart-throb Charles Brandon, and Princess Mary Tudor. Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII is shown holding an artichoke, considered an aphrodisiac (and thus a fertility enhancer) in the 16th century.