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Government is the response
to the will of ONE man.
"the life, the head, and the authority of all things that be done in this realm of England." ~ Sir Thomas Smith
- Royal authority operated in terms of Royal favour
- Executive authority given to the men the King trusted
- A Struggle for power by competing for the King's favour
| FACTION in Tudor England was crucial in Tudor Politics. Throughout history faction is the form politics takes when its focus is the will of one man. Factions can be compared to the political parties of today, however ties in Tudor faction were organic, not idealogical. They emerged from the realities of family relationships (good and bad), friendship & antagonism, locality, sponsorship, upbringing. |
Some groupings and antagonisms lasted for years, yet because the ultimate concern was to promote objectives in and through individuals, calculations could alter as circumstances changed. Anne Boleyn's fall was a consequence of precisely such a recalculation among some of her supporters.
However, a Monarch should be able to exploit competition for his favour on the "divide & rule" principle (something Elizabeth I would make into an art form). Henry was always in authority; he was nobody's fool; at times he did lead and he could not be taken for granted. But he was also significantly dependant on those around him.
Factions did not always get their way, but on the right issues and in the right emotional circumstances he was vulnerable and men (& some women) calculated accordingly.[E.Ives]
|"Courts are strange, mysterious places; those who pretend most to despise them seek to gain admittance within their precincts; those who obtain an entrance there generally lament their fate, and yet somehow or other cannot break their chains.... Intrigues, jealousies, heart-burnings, lies, dissimulation thrive in [courts] as mushrooms in a hot bed. Nevertheless they are necessary evils, and they afford a great school both for the heart and the head. It is utterly impossible, so long as the world exists, that similar societies should not exist also; and one may as well declaim against every other defect attendant upon human institutions and endeavour to extirpate crime from the world as pretend to put down courts and their concomitant evils" Queen Caroline 1838|
|Court Factions 1529 - 1547|
|Evangelical/Reformist Faction |
Anne of Cleves - although personally a catholic,
Cleves was a member of the Schmalkaldic League
of Protestant Princes which tied in
with the Evangelical/Reform faction.
Shown on the series:
Thomas Cromwell switched factions
as it suited him but generally seen as a reformist.
Catherine Brandon nee Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk (surname Brooke in the series)
Not shown on the series:
William Carey ( Husband of Mary Boleyn)
Sir Thomas Cheney
Sir William Cecil
Sir Nicolas Throckmorton William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke
Origins go back to Henry VII and also referred to as "Aragonese", "the Stafford-Neville" & later "the Neville-Courtenay" connection & would last many centuries
Katherine of Aragon
Shown on the series:
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey whose downfall was
orchestrated by the Boleyn faction at court
and alrhough politics always came first,
was a catholic conservative.
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham
Sir Thomas More
Princess Margaret Tudor (Mary Tudor - Henry's sister)
Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Pope Paul III
Lady Salisbury - Margaret Pole
Henry Pole, Lord Montague
Bishop Stephen Gardiner Thomas Wriothesley (Risley)
Francis Bryan - switched factions as it suited him
Henry Fitzroy - Henry's illegitimate son
had his own faction until his early death
but generally conservative
Not shown on the series:
Sir Nicholas Carewe (one of Anne Boleyn's bitterest enemies)
Sir Edward Neville
Henry Courtenay, Earl of Devon
Lord Thomas Hussey
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|princess212||Absolute King||13||Sep 16 2011, 12:57 PM EDT by juliana-angela|
Thread started: Sep 13 2011, 6:11 PM EDT Watch
How could the King's of England such as Henry VII and Henry VIII be absolute monarchs if they had to go to parliament for grants, to pass laws, taxes. etc? And speaking of this how did the English Monarchs go from powerful rulers to constitutional monarchs?
|TudorTeacher||Howard vs Seymour Faction - Which faction was the most powerful? (page: 1 2)||30||Sep 17 2010, 12:40 PM EDT by QueenOfChelsea|
Thread started: Dec 1 2008, 6:06 AM EST Watch
Which faction was the most influential in Tudor politics in the 1540s? Which faction influenced religious change 1540-47? Who had the biggest impact? Show us your best evidence - let battle commence!
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|Imponthenet||Royal Court vs The Corporate World||4||Sep 22 2008, 6:53 PM EDT by Imponthenet|
Thread started: Sep 22 2008, 4:59 PM EDT Watch
I've often considered the competitive world of big business to be the modern equiavlent of royal courts in some ways. Granted that there are no physical executions in the corporate world ( as far as anyone knows), much of the same ruthlessness that courtiers used when jockeying for the King's favor are still used by corporate workers now. Any thoughts on this?
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