Eleanor of Aquitaine HN3957 – from the Plantagenet Queens Series (Limited Edition of 5,000)
The Tudor Rose symbolizes the union between the feuding English houses of Lancaster and York, each believing they had a rightful claim to the throne. These battles were called the War of the Roses (1455-1485) because the Lancaster supporters had a white rose as their symbol and the Lancastrians had a red rose.
The symbol of combining the two roses came about as a result of a marriage between Henry Tudor of the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth of York. After this historical marriage, the War of the Roses came to an end and the new Tudor Rose symbol, which combined the white rose and the red rose of the two houses, was created. Besides its lineage of powerful men who battled to rule the kingdom; the House of Tudor included women who made significant contributions to the history as well. The artists at Royal Doulton have honored these women in this collection of superbly modeled figures sculpted by Pauline Parsons.