On this day, April 2nd, 1501; the eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York died at Ludlow from what was possibly sweating sickness. His death was sudden, unexpected, and left the royal family devastated.
Born at Winchester (legendary seat of Camelot), in 1486, Henry VII had been extraordinarily proud of his eldest son and heir. At the time of his death, he had not long married Catherine of Aragon, Spanish infanta. The union was meant to cement an alliance between Britain and Spain and manoevure the English onto the European mainstage.
Following the death of Arthur, Henry duke of York became heir to his father’s crown, and would eventuall rule as King Henry VIII.