Jonathan Foyle Where the Tudor Monarchy Began
The Rediscovery of the Marriage Bed of Henry VII
and Elizabeth of York.
In 2010, the elaborately carved, incomplete, oak frame of an old bed was removed for auction from the
honeymoon suite of a hotel in Chester.
Forensic examination then found traces of medieval paintwork, while the dense symbolism of the design revealed the message that its original occupants saw themselves as Christ and the Virgin Mary incarnate, no less, at a moment of union. Carved with royal coats of arms, roses and symbols of fertility, the frame’s proportions respected those of a bed in a mural of the lost Painted Chamber of Westminster Palace, abandoned in 1512.
It can only be an astonishing national treasure: the marriage bed of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.
How, therefore, did this bed come to be in a hotel in Chester?
Join architectural historian and broadcaster, Jonathan Foyle, as he shares the remarkable story of this unique survival from the 15th century.
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