Today, 28 October, in 1485, marks the ennoblement of Jasper Tudor as Duke of Bedford and re-investment as Earl of Pembroke. His nephew Henry made sure that even before his own coronation, which was to take place in two days, his uncle was rewarded for his lifetime of devotion and his key role in bringing him to the throne as Henry VII.
The King rode from Lambeth to the Tower of London in preparation for the coming event on the night of 27 October and it was the next morning after hearing Mass, the Feast of St. Simon and St Jude, that Jasper Tudor was dressed in the robes of a Duke and presented before the King at the Tower of London.
With traditional splendour Jasper was escorted ‘by the Duke of Suffolk [John de la Pole], and therle of Lincoln [his son John], therle of Nottingham [William Berkeley] bearing next before him his cape of estate, and therle of Shrewsburie [John Talbot] bearing his sweard the pommel upwards, having officers of Armes before him. And in the entering of the chamber dore he [Jasper] did his first obeisaunce, and in the middest of the chamber the seconde, and in the Kinges presence the thirde. Garter [John Writhe] delivered to therle of Oxforde [John de Vere] as great chamberlayn of England his patent which he delivered to the King. And the King delivered it to his Secretarie [Richard Fox] commanding him to reede it openly. And when he came to Cincturama gladii, the King put his girdell about his neck, and hanged the sweard before him. And likewise the cape on his head, and all things according to his Patent. And when his patent was red, the King received it, and delivered the said patent of the creation of the annuitie of the duchie of Bedforde to his said uncle the duke of Bedforde.’
He was exaltedly styled ‘The High and Mighty Prince, Jasper, brother and uncle of kings, Duke of Bedford and Earl of Pembroke’.
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