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6. The Structures of Power

Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson begins by discussing recent trends in English political history, which has expanded from focusing solely on institutions to include analysis of political culture. After this, the formal institutions of government, such as the various law courts, the offices of royal administration, and Parliament, are briefly defined and situated. In the remainder of the lecture, Professor Wrightson explores the dynamics of royal power and authority. The impact of the personalities of Henry VII and Henry VIII on their individual reigns are noted and their relationships with the nobility are focused upon. Professor Wrightson addresses the manner in which the early Tudor kings solidified and extended royal authority through the uses of propaganda, patronage, consultations, and coercion. He ends by signaling the expansion of government which was to occur post-1530 as a result of the issues of the succession and religious change. 00:00 - Chapter 1. The Early Tudors 06:09 - Chapter 2. Institutions: The King 15:08 - Chapter 3. Parliament 19:28 - Chapter 4. Monarchy 30:43 - Chapter 5. Propaganda, Patronage, Consultation, and Coercion Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Fall 2009.
Length: 51:43


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