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Introduction

P. R. Cavill

in The English Parliaments of Henry VII 1485-1504

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573837
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573837.003.0001

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Introduction

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The Introduction begins by setting the historiographical scene. It shows how ‘Whig’ history presented parliament as a cowed and quiescent assembly, marginalized under the ‘new monarchy’ of Edward IV and Henry VII. Discussing more recent interpretations, the Introduction explains why the reign's position at the frontier between medieval historiography and early modern historiography is significant in shaping accounts. Next the sources available for this study are examined, and their comparative paucity emphasized. It is argued that this lack of evidence accounts to a large degree for prior interpretations of parliament in this period. The Introduction then provides a brief chronological survey of the seven parliaments that met between 1485 and 1504 in the context of the principal events of Henry's reign.

Keywords: Whig history; new monarchy; medieval historiography; early modern historiography; sources

Chapter.  7574 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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