English Emblems: The Heraldic Tudor Rose Tattoo
The symbol of the Tudor rose dates back to 1400 and has an interesting significance in English history - it also makes a beautiful tattoo!
In English history, The War of the Roses took place for thirty years, from 1455 - 1485. During that time, two branches of the same family (descendants from Edward III) fought for the English throne. These two groups were The House of York (whose symbol was a white rose) and The House of Lancaster (whose symbols was a red rose).
The War of the Roses ended when Henry Tudor, a Lancastrian, defeated King Richard III at The Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
After the battle King Henry VIII (Henry Tudor) became King of England and Wales. He then married Elizabeth of York and this marriage represented the uniting of these two families, and so the Tudor rose was born.
Bringing together the symbol of the white Tudor rose (Yorkshire) and the Red tudor rose (Lancashire), this emblem signifies the end of struggle, triumph, love and peace.
Tudor rose tattoos are popular, especially in the UK and England. Roses and flowers are often used in heraldic flags and coats of arms, and they also make detailed, elegant and powerful tattoos.