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Henry VII : Routledge Historical Biographies - Sean Cunningham

Henry VII

Routledge Historical Biographies

Paperback Published: April 2007
ISBN: 9780415266215
Number Of Pages: 317

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This new biography illuminates the life of Henry VII himself, how he ran his government, how his authority was maintained, and the nature of the country over which he ruled since he first claimed the throne in 1485.

Sean Cunningham explores how Henry's reign was  vitally important in stabilizing the English monarchy and providing the sound financial and institutional basis for later developments in government, and tackles key questions in the debate:

  • Was Henry VII a conventional late medieval nobleman?
  • How did his upbringing affect his later kingship?
  • What was the nature of Henry's marriage to Elizabeth of York?
  • How and why did he become the main rival to Richard III following the disappearance of Edward V and his brother in July 1483?

Up until now the details of Henry as a person and as a king, his court and household, his subjects, and his country have remained little known. This book remedies that lack, and brings to the forefront the life and times of the very first Tudor king.

Industry Reviews

'For this reviewer, the real highlights were the discussions of local politics in Kent, the North West and East Anglia, which are skilfully done and eminently persuasive: we know all too little about the rule of the localities under Henry VII, but it is a crucial area, and Cunningham's chapter, which rests on his own research, makes an excellent addition to what can be learned from the works of Christine Carpenter, Tony Pollard, Dominic Luckett, and others.' - Reviews in History: Institute of Historical Research

'Sean Cunningham, who has been studying the reign for a decade and a half, is ideally placed to draw things together in a work shaped by his own extensive researchs. His eagerly-awaited book unquestionably moves things forward... this book has many strengths - it is learned, moderate, and respectful of the work of other historians... Cunningham has given us a superb narrative of Henry VII's reign; he has brought lots of fresh evidence to light; his book is full of thought-provoking insights and ideas; and he has particularly striking things to say about the localities, bonds and recognisances, and the politics of London. His Henry VII is a hefty achievement, and a goldmine for anyone interested in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.' - Reviews in History: Institute of Historical Research

'The publication of a new scholarly biography of Henry VII (the first for nearly twenty-five years) is something of a landmark for students of the period ... Cunningham has provided a new and most welcome synthesis, one from which to conduct further research. As such, it deserves to be read by everyone interested in the period.' - David Grummit, History of Parliament Tust, H-Net book review

List of Illustrationsp. VII
Acknowledgementsp. VIII
Genealogical Chartp. X
Introductionp. 1
Gaining the crownp. 10
Forging the dynastyp. 43
Perkin Warbeckp. 65
The rigours of kingshipp. 99
Tudor government at workp. 120
Lordship, the crown, and the regionsp. 173
Royal power and personnelp. 194
The preservation of powerp. 209
The king's nationp. 224
Projecting Tudor influencep. 253
Conclusionp. 274
Notesp. 286
Select Further Readingp. 294
Indexp. 306
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ISBN: 9780415266215
ISBN-10: 0415266211
Series: Routledge Historical Biographies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: April 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.86 x 13.01  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1