The Earlier Tudors, 1485-1558

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Clarendon Press, Dec 31, 1952 - Great Britain - 699 pages
This classic volume in the renowned Oxford History of England series examines the birth of a nation-state from the death throes of the Middle Ages in North-West Europe. John D. Mackie describes the establishment of a stable monarchy by the very competent Henry VII, examines the means employed by him, and considers how far his monarchy can be described as "new." He also discusses the machinery by which the royal power was exercised and traces the effect of the concentration of lay and eccleciastical authority in the person of Wolsey, whose soaring ambition helped make possible the Caesaro-Papalism of Henry VIII.
 

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Contents

An active spirit of criticism
8
The prestige of the Crown survived the internecine struggle
12
the appearance of strength
19
THE FACE OF ENGLAND
25
John Leland
32
The contribution of the church to building
39
THE NEW KING AND HIS RIVALS
46
Henrys first parliament 7 November 1485
59
Triumphant Realpolitik
285
emphasis on authority
291
Wolseys foreign policy
305
Wolsey not altogether to blame for the failure of his policy
321
indicted for breach of praemunire 1529 929
330
Political situation also favourable 939
341
Divorce was the occasion not the cause of the Reformation
348
England still supports the king
363

Henry friendly towards Scotland
76
Taxation for war
81
Statute of Fines
89
death of Northumberland
91
English invasion ill supported 1489
97
A new coalition against France 1490
103
Treaty of Etaples 3 November 1492
109
Mystery of Perkin Warbeck
117
attack on the Steclyard
124
Perkin in Scotland
134
Parliament of January 1497 votes money for the war
140
Surrender of Perkin October 1497 and capture of his wife
146
Henrys refusal of Mediterranean enterprises
156
The Spanish Marriage
172
Success of Henrys foreign policy
174
THE ACHIEVEMENT OF HENRY VII
189
The king and the
195
The Council
201
Death of Henry 21 April 1509
228
The young king
234
William Grocin and Thomas Linacre
241
Erasmus in England on the invitation of Mountjoy 14991500
249
The Utopia 1516 258
258
English thought in the main conservative
266
Foreign policy conventional hostility to France
267
THE FALL OF THE MONASTERIES
370
offers a double advantage
372
The fall of Anne Boleyn 1536
379
The Pilgrimage of Grace
385
birth of Prince Edward 12 October 1537
394
The kings disposal of monastic wealth
400
royal absolutism
413
his achievement
442
urban society loses the old security
458
exports and imports
470
The government realist in its economic policy
477
factions and discontents
488
dearth amid plenty
503
THE REIGN OF MARY
526
Mary enters London 3 August 1553
529
Abortive rising of Sir Thomas Wyatt January 1554
538
17 November 1558
560
the English printers
579
persistence of the English tradition
588
main interest in portraits
598
APPENDIX
604
between pages 655
655
Regular forces on land and sea small
660
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