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TUDOR STATESMEN


While the Tudor monarchs were very much rulers, having the final say on most political matters, they did not rule alone. They all had a Chief Minister, who helped them to rule, and a Privy Council to help them make decisions. Parliament was much less important in the Tudor period that it is now. It passed laws and raised taxes, but was called only when the monarch needed it. There could be months, or even years, between Parliaments!

Below are some of the most important statesmen of the Tudor Period. Both Henry VII and Elizabeth I rewarded their long serving ministers but Henry VIII executed most of his!




Morton Empson

JOHN MORTON
(C.1420-1500)


Chief Minister to Henry VII
Built Lamberth Palace


RICHARD EMPSON
(c.1450-1510)


Chief Minister to Henry VII
Executed by Henry VIII


Dudley Wolsey

EDMUND DUDLEY
(c.1462-1510)


Chief Minister to Henry VII
Executed by Henry VIII


THOMAS WOLSEY
(c.1473-1530)


Chief Minister to Henry VIII
Built Hampton Court Palace


More Cromwell

THOMAS MORE
(1478-1535)


Chief Minister to Henry VIII
Executed by Henry VIII


THOMAS CROMWELL
(c.1485-1540)


Chief Minister to Henry VIII
Executed by Henry VIII




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