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Henry VII’s New Men and the Making of Tudor England

Steven Gunn


The reign of Henry VII is important but mysterious. He ended the Wars of the Roses and laid the foundations for the strong governments of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Yet his style of rule was unconventional and at times oppressive. At the heart of his regime stood his new men, low-born ministers with legal, financial, political and military skills who enforced the king’s will and in the process built their own careers and their families’ fortunes. Some are well known, like Sir Edward Poynings, governor of Ireland, or Empson and Dudley, executed to buy popularity for the young Henry VIII. Other ... More

Keywords: KeywordsHenry VII, Henry VIII, government, politics, justice, finance, court, church, patronage, landlordship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Gunn, author
Fellow and Tutor in History, Merton College, Oxford