Different historiansâ views on whether Henry VII was modern or medieval.
The statement that Henry Tudor created a ânew monarchyâ is one that was even debated at the time. Throughout the years historians views have consistently contrasted and changed.
The actual ânew monarchyâ theory is owed much to the historian J.R.Green and his reference to the events of 1471-1509 in his book âShort History of the English Peopleâ (published in 1876) as the emergence of a new monarchy. J.R. Green suggests this monarchy restored the power and authority to the crown after the events of the war of the roses. He also hinted at the start of tudor despotism an idea supported by several early 20th century historians. Albert Pollard was one of many historians to expand on J.R. Greenâs theory and move the beginning of the new monarchy to 1485. This is hardly surprising as the date coincides with the beginning of a new dynasty that lasted well over a century and is considered a
This way he could make parallels with modernising monarchies in France and Spain. He was rather a highly skiful builder on existing foundations" He could bring an essentially medieval spirit and practice of government to its highest point of effectiveness without in any important way changing its character. Early 20th century historians historians look highly on the Tudor government as it was seen as creating the basis of the modern nation state. Elton considered the work of Edward IV and Henry VII irrelevant to the shift from old to new. "His (Henry"tms) was not an original mind; he was no great innovator. period of great change and achievement. John Guy- "Tudor England":"Since the monarchy"tms refoundation began in 1461 and was resumed by the Tudors, who at first used similar administrative methods and even many of the same councillors, it is fruitless to maintain that Bosworth marked a new dawn. In particular Pollard emphasised the Tudor"tms creation of the nation state. This time he felt that the differences in Henry VII and Edward IV"tms reign were more important than the similarities. In fact Elton believed the whole idea of a new monarchy unhelpful and that it "only confuses and ought to be abolished". "A lot of historians studying this period prefer to look at the concept as more of an evolution than a revolution.