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The English Parliaments of Henry VII 1485-1504

P. R. Cavill


This study offers a major reinterpretation of early Tudor constitutional history. According to the grand ‘Whig’ tradition, the parliaments of Henry VII were a disappointing retreat from the onward march of liberty towards parliamentary democracy. The king was at best indifferent and at worst hostile to parliament; its meetings were cowed and quiescent, subservient to the royal will. Yet little research has tested these assumptions. Drawing on extensive archival research, this study challenges existing accounts and revises our understanding of the period. Neither to the king nor to his subjects ... More

Keywords: constitutional history, Whig tradition, parliaments, Henry VII, parliamentary sovereignty, Tudor revolution in government

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. R. Cavill, author
Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Leeds
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