I. Henry VII: A Restatement

  title={I. Henry VII: A Restatement},
  author={Geoffrey Rudolph Elton},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={1 - 29}
  • G. Elton
  • Published 1 March 1961
  • Philosophy
  • The Historical Journal
IN a vigorously argued paper, Mr J. P. Cooper has attacked my interpretation of Henry VII's reign.1 If the point at issue were only Mr Cooper's view of my methods and scholarship—or, for that matter, my view of his—I should feel neither justified nor inclined to trouble anyone again with these problems. But Mr Cooper is almost as much concerned to prove Henry VII rapacious as he is sure that I am wrong; and the truth about Henry VII's government deserves all the elucidation it may need. If… 
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London and the Crown in the Reign of Henry VII

The reign of Henry VII suffers from academic neglect, partly as a consequence of its existence on the threshold of the traditional divide between the medieval and the early modern periods. These are

‘Agree with the king’: Henry VII, Edmund Dudley and the strange case of Thomas Sunnyff

Although Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley were executed in 1510 in part for their rabid prosecution of written bonds, their activities at the time were only quietly recognized as part of a royal

The enforcement of the penal statutes in the 1490s: some new evidence*

Henry VII's reputation for avarice partly rests on the enforcement of penal statutes. From about 1505, according to contemporaries, the increasingly grasping king exploited statutory penalties to

Ecclesiastical Prisons and Royal Authority in the Reign of Henry VII

After his appointment as chief justice of King's Bench in 1495, John Fyneux pressured the ecclesiastical hierarchy through indictments for escapes which explored which officials had responsibility



Edmund Dudley: Minister of Henry VII

  • D. M. Brodie
  • History
    Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
  • 1932
To the historian of the late fifteenth century interest is centred on the transitional character of the times. Throughout Europe medieval thought and institutions were decaying. The dream of

II. Henry VII: Rapacity And Remorse

  • G. Elton
  • History, Economics
    The Historical Journal
  • 1958
In myEngland under the Tudors I took the liberty of advancing the view that Henry VII’s reputation for rapacity and extortion is probably not borne out by the facts and that his policy did not turn

Tudor “Books of Rates”: A Chapter in the History of the English Customs

Dates of Books of Rates prior to 1558, that usually accepted as the first, 766. — Metropolitan rates (1507–36) precede the national valuations, 768. — Increase of valuations in 1558 and 1610, 769. —

According to Mr Cooper the Commons' bill granted only one year, but there is no evidence of this. Ibid. 5 b only declares the Lords' opinion that the king should have four or three years

    Original act (House of Lords), and L.J. 1, ya, jb, 8a