Also, holy hell it's hard to give a clear, concise, and eloquent synopsis of the genealogy of kings and associated heredity issues that begin with Edward IV (meant Henry, doy) and last through Elizabeth I...
Especially since shared names just make everything choppy. And they're all intermarrying so their claims are so muddled anyway.
No, seriously. You get Edward III followed by Richard II (grandson) who is deposed by Henry IV (grandson of III by third son), Henry V (son), Henry VI (son) who becomes king at 9 months old. So he's challenged by Edward IV, who takes the throne (and more-or-less keeps it). His son Edward V disappears at age 12 (seriously) and his uncle Richard III takes the throne.
And then HE is deposed by Henry VII, who is descended by Edward III by an illegitimate relationship with his son, John of Gaunt. Then you get Henry VIII, who annuls his first marriage (leaving Mary illegitimate in England, but legitimate to the Church). He marries Anne Boleyn, who has a daugther. He has her killed, and declares Elizabeth illegitimate (making her unrecognized in both England and by the Catholic church). Edward V follows from his marriage to Jane Seymour, but he dies shortly into his reign. So then you have a huge mess in England, debating who has the right to inherit--whether or not Mary/Elizabeth are heiresses to the House of Tudor or not, and whether they (as Women) should be allowed to inherit at all.
Big. Mess. Edited, Apr 29th 2012 3:39pm by idiggory