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The ruling house of England from 1485 until 1603. The Tudor family came to power as a result of the victory of Henry VII over the Yorkist king Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, but... read more

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Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

Derek Wilson looks at Henry Tudor’s long period of exile and asks what influence it had on his exercise of power following his seizure of the English throne in 1485.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Lady Margaret Douglas, a favourite of Henry VIII, negotiated the shady politics and shifting alliances of the courts of four Tudor monarchs. Leanda de Lisle tells the story of the ‘progenitor of princes’, whose grandson, James VI of Scotland, became the first Stuart king of England.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Gordon Marsden appreciates the long and brilliant career of the great historian of Tudor Britain.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

John Matusiak explains the nature of the power game that raged from 1540 to 1553.

Issue: 72 2012

Would a new Act in Restraint of Appeals such as Henry VIII enacted against Rome in 1533 achieve a similar objective for Eurosceptics today of ‘repatriating powers’ from the EU? asks Stephen Cooper.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

Jez Ross argues that Henry VII was more secure than he realised

Issue: 72 2012

Mary Rose was the younger sister of Henry VIII. David Loades describes how this forgotten Tudor was something of a wild card.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

Derek Wilson welcomes the emergence from the shadows of Thomas Cromwell, thanks to Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning historical novels.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

Onyeka explores the changing meanings of words for Africans in Tudor England.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

The fools of the early Tudor court were likely to have been people with learning disabilities as a new project demonstrates, says Suzannah Lipscomb.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

In the interests of historical research Lucy Worsley adopted the dental hygiene habits of previous centuries.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Few English monarchs have such a poor reputation as Henry VI. Yet he was held in high regard by the Tudors, says Michael Hicks, despite losing the Wars of the Roses.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

Patrick Williams reveals the courage of Henry VIII's Spanish wife.

Issue: 69 2011

What became of the baby daughter of Henry VIII's widow Katherine Parr and her disgraced fourth husband Thomas Seymour after their deaths? Linda Porter unravels a Tudor mystery.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

Thomas Penn examines M.J. Tucker’s article on the court of Henry VII, first published in History Today in 1969.

Volume: 61 Issue: 10 2011

In 1538, believing his kingdom to be under threat, Henry VIII brutally settled scores dating back to the dynastic conflicts of the 15th century, as Desmond Seward explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

The great trading companies that originated in early modern Europe are often seen as pioneers of western imperialism. The Levant Company was different, argues James Mather.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Richard Hughes asks whether the ‘Diabolical Duchess’ was in reality another Tudor victim.

Issue: 68 2010

Robert Hughes provides an Examiner's Commentary

Issue: 64 2009

Henry Tudor invoked providence to gain his throne in 1485, but it was skilful use of heraldic and religious imagery, as well as promotion of the cult of Henry VI that ensured he retained it. In this Tudor anniversary year, Gordon Marsden looks at the miraculous reign of a clever king.

Volume: 59 Issue: 3 2009

John Matusiak pricks the imperial pretension of the monarch who came to the throne 500 years ago

Issue: 64 2009

Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

Peter Marshall asks how diligently Wolsey served his Church.

Issue: 60 2008

R. E. Foster puts the dissolution of the monasteries into historical context.

Issue: 61 2008

By positioning him firmly within the changing context of his times, Lucy Wooding sees coherence in Henry VIII’s religious policies.

Issue: 62 2008

Graham Noble assesses the significance of one of the earliest Marian Martyrs.

Issue: 62 2008

Judith Richards helps us appreciate a Marian perspective on the reign of the boy-king.

Issue: 59 2007

Henry Tudor was born on January 28th, 1457, with a claim to the English crown which was extremely slight and intriguingly complicated.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

Gervase Phillips explains how and why Henry so badly mishandled his relations with the Scots.

Issue: 55 2006

Graham Noble introduces a figure whose career sheds light on the power struggles of Henry VIII’s reign.

Issue: 54 2006

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