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The Tudor Dynasty Installed 1485–1536

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852779.003.0010

Series: History of Wales

The Tudor Dynasty Installed 1485–1536

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Henry Tudor came to power as a largely unknown and untried adventurer and parvenu. Henry’s paramount responsibility for the rest of his reign was to keep himself in the throne and hand it on unchallenged to his descendants. His application to the tasks of government in his realms as a whole was bound to benefit Wales to some extent. Henry patronized a number of poets in Wales and welcomed them and Welsh musicians to his court. He also partly fulfilled the hope of Welsh people that Wales be freed of English rulers by rewarding his Welsh supporters with office and authority. As for the hope of restoring confidence and dignity of the Welsh, Henry did nothing official to repeal the statutes most hated by them. Henry’s reign can be described as the ‘happy ending’ of what had been a century of acute unrest and instability for Wales since the Glyndŵr Rebellion.

Keywords: Henry Tudor; Wales; Welsh poet; Welsh musicians; court; Glyndŵr Rebellion

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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