A Companion to Tudor Britain (Blackwell Companions to by Robert Tittler, Norman Jones

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Nevertheless, it would be wrong to make too much of a new symbolic rhetoric to define Tudor kingship. The English use of the arched imperial crown had its origins in the Lancastrian dual-monarchy of Henry V. Similarly, the house of York had frequently employed ‘British’ propaganda for its own ends and Edward IV’s ‘British’ credentials, established via genealogies linking him, through the Mortimers, with Llewellyn, Prince of Wales, and eventually to the mythical founder of Britain, Brutus, were equal to Henry’s.

Questions about the structure of central government have created significant debates among historians, particularly since 1953 when Sir Geoffrey Elton surveyed the constitutional scene and pronounced a Tudor Revolution in Government. His argument, founded on a preference for state activism, a dislike of Henry VIII, and a passion for controversy, held that changes attendant on the break from Roman religious jurisdiction came so fast and cut so deeply into the political fabric of the nation that ‘revolution’ was the only term able to describe it.

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