The First State Bed of Henry VII & Elizabeth of York

Historian and archaeologist, Jonathan Foyle unravels the facts behind this remarkable find by Ian Coulson

First State Bed of Henry VII

The First State Bed of Henry VII & Elizabeth of York, the fascinating story of a lost Tudor masterpiece.

Bed of Roses at the V&A

DNA Extraction

V&A Symposium January 2019

DNA Extraction - presented by Lasse Schindler   

DNA Analysis

V&A Symposium January 2019

DNA Analysis  presented by Dr Hilke Schroeder 

'Behind the Varnish'

A Bed of Roses - the Marriage Bed of Henry VII & Elizabeth of York - Construction details

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The mystery of the missing Crest

Special Guest Post: Ian Coulson on Restoring The First State Bed of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

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The Discovery Story



This object is a masterpiece of art and iconography, a unique and significant piece in English Royal history.

The quality of carving and detail of the design is testimony to this. View images.



Research has revealed fascinating and sometimes controversial results.

Art Detective - Podcast by Dr Janina Ramirez



The full report bringing together the story behind this historic bed.

The research and evidence documentation is available - please get in touch for details.

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