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S.B. Chrimes
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Henry Vii (The English Monarchs)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry VII was a crucial figure in English history. In this acclaimed study of the king's life and reign, the distinguished historian S. B. Chrimes explores the circumstances surrounding Henry's acquisition of the throne, examines the personnel and machinery of government, and surveys the king's social, political, and economic policies, law enf ...more
373 pages
Published (first published 1972)
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Athena Ninlil
To date it's my favorite biography on the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty. The author goes into every little detail pertaining to his reign and his early life, as well as his Welsh roots. This is the first biography I read that made me be fascinated about this monarch and go wow! He had an adventurous life, the stuff you only see in movies and to have gone through all of that and still endure enough to become king, deserved everyone's admiration.
Jeremy Perron
May 02, 2013 Jeremy Perron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry VII has one of the more unlikely stories of any British monarch. Often times this king is overshadowed by his more (in)famous son, King Henry VIII. But King Henry VII has a greater tale to how he became king than his son does. Henry VIII was born a prince, becomes heir at the death of his older brother, and becomes King at nineteen at the death of his father. While Henry VII's journey to the throne is much greater tale than simply inheritance, and is one of the least probable since William ...more
May 07, 2014 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fact-filled, well-researched study is likely to satisfy the serious student and also those who want to get at the facts behind the otherwise glitzy and dramatic imagery the Tudor dynasty. The flamboyant, colorful reigns of Henry VIII, Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I would not have been possible without the relatively dull, grinding and prudent government of the first Tudor King. Winning the crown on the field at Bosworth over Richard III in August 1485, King Henry VII wisely married the eldest ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Nadine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This was the first book from the Yale series I tried and I probably won't be buying another. I couldn't finish this book because its really not what I am interested in - it was mostly about government policy and organization.The author claims that there was not enough information on Henry VII to write it as a personal history. Excuse me, if a little bit was found on Eleanor of Aquitaine from the 1100s there certainly must be stuff on Henry VII.
Mark Singer
Detailed biography but not for the faint of heart. Chrime's book is loaded with details on both Henry's life and the minutiae of Tudor government. If you want a book-turned-miniseries, this is not for you. But if you want to learn how a relatively poor exile secured his throne against pretenders, became wealthy, and made England into a major player in late 15th and early 16th century western Europe, this is the book you need.
Not a great read, but in comparison with the other english monarchs I've read about one of the more admirable statesman - totally lacking in vainglory, he recognized that governing is often about what you don't do.
Jan 19, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thematic history of the life and times of Henry VII Tudor. An older work (from the 70s) which provides a wealth of detail about the way of government and court in late Medieval England. Useful and solid, but for fans of the genre only. 3/5
Jul 16, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well structured and well researched book.
Feb 01, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For many years this was just about the only text on Henry VII. It's a good solid biography which has stood the test of time, though not necessarily a light read.
Mike Briggs
May 27, 2012 Mike Briggs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Assigned reading in a graduate history course at Wayland Baptist University.
Jul 04, 2009 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book for A level tudor history
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Apr 19, 2015 Susan Abernethy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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