The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII

ISBN : 9780198802860

Steven Gunn
320 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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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

About the author: 

Steven Gunn studied at Merton College, Oxford. He has held research fellowships there and at the University of Newcastle, and is now Fellow and Tutor in History at Merton College and Professor of Early Modern History at Oxford. His books include Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, c.1484-1545 (1988), Early Tudor Government 1485-1558 (1995), Henry VII's New Men and the Making of Tudor England (2016) and, with David Grummitt and Hans Cools, War, State and Society in England and the Netherlands, 1477-1559 (2007).

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