Ruling by right of conquest: Henry VII in history

Course Dates: 22/09/22 - 27/10/22
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
Henry VII ruled England from the moment he seized the crown following the Battle of Bosworth until his death in 1509, yet there is nothing inevitable about the foundation of the Tutor dynasty. Just how strong was the Tudor claim to the throne and what is Henry VII’s legacy.
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Course Code: HBH16

Thu, day, 22 Sep - 27 Oct '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Often portrayed as a dour ‘accountant-king,’ on this six-week course we will explore the life of Henry VII, including the insecurities in his claim to the throne and the concept of ruling by ‘right of conquest.’ We will consider different aspects of Henry’s reign, including the establishment of his court, early rebellions against his rule, foreign and domestic policies, and his unpopular methods of taxation with the nobility and his law enforcement policies, which brought an end to many aspects of late-medieval feudalism.

What will we cover?

• Week 1: Overview: Richard III, Henry VII & The Battle of Bosworth
• Week 2: Rebellions & resistance: establishing & consolidating power
• Week 3: Foreign policy
• Week 4: Feudalism, the power of noblemen & law enforcement
• Week 5: Greed and avarice? Economics, trade & taxation
• Week 6: Last years, death & succession.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Critically evaluate the Tudor claim to the throne
• Assess the reasons why rebellions against Henry VII failed
• Evaluate the reasons for Henry’s European alliances
• Explain why Henry’s domestic economic policies proved so unpopular with the nobility
• Assess the impact of Henry’s law enforcement policies on late medieval feudalism.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught via weekly sessions
You will be offered the option of taking a weekly quiz, for which you will receive feedback.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs for this course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH17 The Reformation: Reassessing the reign of Henry V111.

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