IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 815: Kingship, Court, and Society: The Reign of Henry VII, 1485-1509

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Project 'Kingship, Court & Society: The Chamber Books of Henry VII & Henry VIII', University of Winchester
Organiser:James Ross, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 815-aThe Chamber Books of Henry VII: An Overview
(Language: English)
Samantha Harper, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources
Paper 815-bRumours and Remembrances: Connecting Gossip, Information, and Policy in the Early Tudor Court and Household, 1485-1521
(Language: English)
Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 815-cRevolution, Evolution, or plus ├ža change?: Henry VII and the Gentry
(Language: English)
James Ross, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The expense and receipt books of the King’s Chamber (known as the chamber books) covering 1485 to 1521 are the earliest private records of the financial decisions of an English monarch, giving an unparalleled insight into royal personality, the material culture of the court, and the politics and finances of kingship. A major project to publish these sources is nearing completion. The session will study the sources and two in-depth papers will exploit this new resource to illuminate aspects of court and government and the interaction of centre and locality at the end of the Middle Ages.