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War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559$
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Steven Gunn, David Grummitt, and Hans Cools

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207503.001.0001

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Costs and Rewards

Costs and Rewards

(p.177) 12 Costs and Rewards
War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559

Steven Gunn (Contributor Webpage)

David Grummitt (Contributor Webpage)

Hans Cools (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter asks what risks war posed to the nobility and what profits it offered. Captivity and ransom, injury and death were greater threats in the Netherlands, though real enough in England; so was the devastation of estates. The wages of war left most noblemen out of pocket, but they found compensation in other ways: large fees for military posts, profits from prisoners, and plunder were all more important in the Netherlands; titles, lands, and offices from a grateful king more so in England. Similarly successful command seems to have been a more direct route to political influence in the England of Henry VIII, than in the Netherlands of the regents Margaret of Austria and Mary of Hungary.

Keywords:   Henry VIII, Margaret of Austria, Mary of Hungary, nobility, prisoners of war

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