He founded perhaps the most famous dynasty in history: the Tudors. Yet, in 1485 when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III to become King Henry VII, he possessed the most anemic claim to the throne since William the Conqueror. In defiance of the norms of medieval rule, he transformed England from an insolvent, often divided country in the waning years of the Wars of the Roses into an emerging modern state upon his death in 1509, a legacy inherited by his larger-than-life heir, Henry VIII. How did this happen? Through impressive archival research over several decades and a provocative perspective, Daring Dynasty illuminates what occurred by exploring key aspects of Henry's reign, which included a dark side to royal policy. It will provide historians, students, history enthusiasts and devotees of "all things Tudor" with an understanding of how the populace and political players melded into a nation through the efforts of its king and his government.
Mark R. Horowitz is an English historian engaged in the study of early-Tudor governance, finance, administration, politics and law. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at history conferences in England, Portugal, Ireland and throughout the USA. He was the Guest Editor of a special issue on the 500th anniversary of the death of the first Tudor king (Who Was Henry VII?) published by Historical Research, for which he chose the scholars, wrote the Introduction and contributed two articles. It is the best-selling volume in the journal's 90-year history. He has taught various courses in history and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois (Chicago), teaching an upper-level class entitled The Tudor Kings. He earned his BA at Tulane University, USA, his MA at the University of Illinois and his PhD at the University of Chicago. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.The reader can continue this early-Tudor exploration at:www.daringdynasty.net