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Daring Dynasty: Custom, Conflict and Control in Early-Tudor England by Mark R. Horowitz

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He founded perhaps the most famous dynasty in history: the Tudors. Yet, in 1485 when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III to become King Henry VII, he possessed the most anaemic claim to the throne since William the Conqueror. In defiance of the norms of medieval rule, he transformed England from an insolvent, often divided country in the waning years of the Wars of the Roses into an emerging modern state upon his death in 1509, a legacy inherited by his larger-than-life heir, Henry VIII. How did this happen? Through impressive archival research over several decades and a provocative perspective, Daring Dynasty illuminates what occurred by exploring key aspects of Henry’s reign, which included a dark side to royal policy. It will provide historians, students, history enthusiasts and devotees of “all things Tudor” with an understanding of how the populace and political players melded into a nation through the efforts of its king and his government.

Mark Horowitz’s new volume contains collected essays including articles originally published in the IHR’s journal Historical Research. For more information see here.

Mark was guest editor of the journal’s special issue Who was Henry VII? The 500th anniversary of the death of the first Tudor King (August 2009)

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