I. Henry VII's Last Years Reconsidered

  title={I. Henry VII's Last Years Reconsidered},
  author={J Phillip Cooper},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={103 - 129}
  • J. Cooper
  • Published 1 June 1959
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
Dr Elton has now written at length (Historical J. I (1958), 21–39) to support his view that Henry VII's reputation for rapacity was undeserved, while the idea that this ‘policy turned from just to unjust exactions was based only on insufficient knowledge of the facts’. He may have shown that Henry's actions were legal; he has not shown that they were just.What is unpopular is not necessarily unjust, but the opinions of subjects merit as full and sympathetic treatment as the policies of kings… 

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  • S. Gunn
  • History
    Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
  • 1995
Something of the atmosphere of trench warfare, with its immobility and its desperation, has overcome the historiography of early Tudor politics. The most spectacular impasse concerns the fall of Anne

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