Henry VII _ The Tudors

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The Century of Tudor rule (1485-1603) is often thought of as a most glorious period in English history. Henry VII built the foundations of a wealthy nation state and a powerful monarchy. His son, Henry VIII, kept a magnificent court, and made the Church in England truly English by breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church.

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Henry VII _ The TudorsIndexIndex1Introduction2Biography3The Tudors dynasty.3Economy and society4Financial policy5The administration of justice5Bibliography 6Introduction.The Tudors: the birth of the nation state. The new monarchy.The Century of Tudor rule (1485-1603) is often thought of as a most glorious period in English history. Henry VII built the foundations of a wealthy nation state and a powerful monarchy. His son, Henry VIII, kept a magnificent court, and made the Church in England truly English by breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. Finally, his daughter Elizabeth brought glory to the new state by defeating the powerful navy of Spain, the greatest European power of the time. There is, however, a less glorious view of the Tudor century. Henry VIII wasted the wealth saved by his father. Elizabeth weakened the quality of government by selling official posts. Henry VII is less well know than either Henry VIII or Elizabeth I, but he was far more important in establishing the new monarchy than either of them. He based royal power on good business sense. Henry VII firmly believed that war and glory were bad for business, and that business was good for the state. He therefore avoided quarrels either with Scotland in the north, or France in the south. During the 15th century, particularly during the Wars of the Roses, Englands trading position had been badly damaged. Trade with Italy and France had been reduced after Englands defeat. The Lo

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