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Scholarship of Discovery


As one of most famous monarchs in English history, the Tudors have sparked the interest of everyone from filmmakers to authors to historians. It is my purpose in this paper to highlight the founder of this family, King Henry VII. This paper highlights his ability to secure and maintain the English throne, both in the public consciousness and in actuality. In addition, it will also explore the legacy of such security throughout the Tudor period. To do so, this paper follows the genealogy of Henry VII and of Elizabeth of York. It also covers Henry’s ascension to the throne during the War of the Roses. It explores the various sources of legitimacy during the late Middle Ages and how Henry VII maintained each of these. Finally, it will view the other Tudor monarchs and how these sources of legitimacy affected their reigns.


Senior Thesis for Senior Seminar for the Department of History