The story of Henry IX involves some real life people whose destinies change dramatically with Henry in the world but it also involves some fictional characters of my own creation.
Elizabeth Tudor: Elizabeth is the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. But wait, you say, Elizabeth’s not fictional! Well, in my story, Elizabeth is born five years later (1538) because if Henry IX lived, Henry VIII would never have divorced Catherine of Aragon. In my story, Henry and Anne wouldn’t have wed until some time after Henry Percy’s death in 1537.
Henry & George Percy: Anne’s sons from her first marriage to Henry Percy, the future Earl of Northumberland. They would have been born sometime between 1525 and 1530.
Anne, Henry & Edward Dudley: Elizabeth’s children with Robert Dudley. She’s was allowed to married an Englishman by her half-brother, in part to establish an English alternative to the throne.
Ellen Stewart: A bastard daughter of the Scottish king James IV that Henry meets while at the French court after Renee of France’s death. They fall in love, but tragically Ellen dies after giving birth to their daughter Audrey.
Edward Tudor: Henry’s son with his first wife, Renee of France. Edward would have been born in 1532, and so he was already 15 when Henry VIII died and his father became King. Edward’s existence as the obvious heir gives both Henrys a certain measure of freedom to their lives without being obsessed with having a son. He marries Mary of Scotland in 1559, has a son, James, in 1566, and dies in 1567.
Anne Tudor: Named after her grandmother, Anne of Brittany, Anne is Henry’s daughter with Renee of France. Anne is the apple of her father’s eye, but tragically dies at 17.
Audrey Tudor: Audrey is Henry’s daughter with Ellen Stewart. She’s born in 1538 and grows up close to her aunt Elizabeth. Although she’s the king’s bastard daughter, Audrey is also close to her father, if always a bit rebellious. She eventually marries the admiral Charles Howard.
Isabel Tudor: Isabel is Henry’s only child with his second wife, Christina of Denmark. Isabel eventually marries Duke William V of Bavaria. This is nod to history as Christina’s real life daughter, Renata of Lorraine, married Duke William.
James Tudor: To me, this is really James I, but instead of being fathered by Henry Stuart, he’s fathered by Edward Tudor. His life follows the same timeline and when he becomes king history neatly resets to reality.