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A spouse to Tudor Britain presents an authoritative review of historic debates approximately this era, targeting the total British Isles.
- An authoritative evaluate of scholarly debates approximately Tudor Britain
- Focuses most likely British Isles, exploring what used to be universal and what used to be particular to its 4 constituent elements
- Emphasises significant cultural, social, highbrow, non secular and fiscal themes
- Describes differing political and private reviews of the time
- Discusses strange matters, similar to the feel of the previous among British constituent identities, the connection of cultural kinds to social and political matters, and the function of medical inquiry
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They paraded their semi-divine qualities and advertised their place in the world as representatives as well as protectors of their subjects. 6 When everything went as planned, it was good indeed to be the king. Almost any book that deals with the rise of the Tudor state opens the reign of Henry VIII with a version of the same mantra. ’7 The ability to govern well allowed Henry VII to enjoy the throne; it produced a sense of satisfaction in the political nation. 8 The king personally functioned as the mainspring of government.
Bindoff, Tudor England, p. 66; Lander, ‘Bonds, coercion and fear’. For discussions of the role of the nobility see Pugh, ‘Henry VII and the English nobility’ and the case studies by Luckett (‘Crown patronage and political morality’) and Cunningham (‘Henry VII, Sir Thomas Butler and the Stanley family’). Quoted in Luckett, ‘Crown office and licensed retinues’, p. 237. For Henry’s Great Councils and their link with parliament see Holmes, ‘The Great Council in the reign of Henry VII’. Watts, ‘ “A New Ffundacion of is Crowne”: monarchy in the reign of Henry VII’.
Their lords by comparison lived lives of plenty but were often haunted by the spectre of rebellion. Sixteenth-century England experienced endemic violence and disorder. All men of wealth, fearing unrest and upheaval from below, saw a clear mutual interest with the king in controlling the peasantry. 4 Participation in central government also offered lucrative rewards. 5 These fortunes may not have been characteristic, but clearly in the minds of the aristocracy crown service wedded to landed wealth represented the pathway to preferment in the early Tudor world.