ISBN : 9780198802860
The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII asks how Henry VIII's many wars affected the lives of his subjects. It uses an enormous variety of sources to argue that its impact was much larger than we might expect. People talked and read about war. Mobilisation rates were high and people kept weapons at home and learnt how to use them. Towns and villages mustered their inhabitants and spent money on armour, fortifications, and warning beacons. Noblemen raised troops, led them to war, and showed off their wounds and their booty. War hurt trade and fishing but offered other business opportunities. Wars shaped people's attitudes to the king, to England and its history, and to neighbouring nations. War should be recognised as one of the defining features of life in the England of Henry VIII.
1 The king's wars; 2 Wars and rumours of wars; 3 Towns and villages; 4 Noblemen and gentlemen; 5 Trade and tillage; 6 Killing and dying; 7 Kings and peoples; 8 This busy world of war; Bibliography